What is Stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain stops. It is also known as a brain attack and it can affect the entire body.

During a stroke, every minute counts, and quick treatments can lessen the brain damage that stroke can cause. That is why it’s important to know the warning signs of a stroke:

Top warning signs of a stroke

  1. 1Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  2. 2Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
  3. 3Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes?
  4. 4Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.
  5. 5Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Act F.A.S.T.

You can help stroke patients or yourself get the treatment you need when an unpredictable stroke occurs. The stroke treatments that work best are available only if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within 3 hours of the first symptoms.

Here’s a simple F.A.S.T test to know if someone is having a stroke:

Face - Face drooping. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms - Arms weakness. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech - Speech difficulty. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the phrase slurred or strange?
Time - Time to call for an ambulance immediately if you see any of these signs.

It is also important to note the time when any symptoms first appear as this information will help health care providers determine the best treatment for the patient. If you’re experiencing these symptoms yourself, do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call for an ambulance instead so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the hospital.

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