Signs of Stroke
Knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke could help save your life or the life of a loved one. When the blood stops flowing to a section of the brain, the functions controlled by that part of the brain are affected – such as movement of your arms or legs, or your sight, hearing or speech. It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke and to call 911 or go to the nearest hospital immediately.
An easy way to remember what to look for is to think and act FAST.
F – Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S – Speech: Ask the person to say something. Is the speech slurred or garbled?
T – Time: If you notice any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Time is critical!
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Signs of a stroke
F – Face:
Ask the patient to smile. Does one side droop?
A – Arms:
Does one arm fall down when the patient holds both arms up?
S – Speech:
Is the patient’s speech slurred or garbled?
T – Time:
If you suspect stroke, time is critical. Call 911 immediately.
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