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It is a busy time of the year and, undoubtedly, many of you will be traveling or around a lot of family members. Keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of Stroke. Stroke does not only affect the elderly population. In reality, stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, and at any time. Watch the 2 videos below for a quick review.

Do you  know the warning signs and symptoms of Stroke?  If you are experiencing the following (or see someone experiencing/having these symptoms) call 9-1-1 immediately! To identify the signs and symptoms – Think F.A.S.T!!  

– Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

– Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

– Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

– Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.


Beyond F.A.S.T. – Other Symptoms You Should Know

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes 
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Immediately call 9-1-1 or the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) number so an ambulance can be sent.  Also, check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared. A clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) may improve the chances of getting better but only if you get them help right away.

A TIA or transient ischemic attack is a “warning stroke” or “mini-stroke” that produces stroke-like symptoms. TIA symptoms usually only last a few minutes but, if left untreated, people who have TIAs have a high risk of stroke. Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce the risk of a major stroke.

The above information brought to you from the American Heart Association.

Read more at the National Stroke Association website

What is a Stroke? Watch below…

What can you do? 80% of stroke is preventable…

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