You recognize stop signs, street signs, and restroom signs, but do you know the signs of a stroke?
A stroke can occur unexpectedly and is the third most common cause of death for Americans. Over 140,000 people die yearly from a stroke and time is of the essence when it comes to treatment. Knowing the signs can help you get medical attention as soon as possible. Remember to act FAST at the first sign of a stroke.
- Face: Look for drooping on one side of the face, especially while the person is smiling.
- Arms: Have the person raise their arms and look to see if one hangs lower or droops down.
- Speech: Listen for slurred speech when the person is speaking simple sentences.
- Time: If you observe any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time when the symptoms first occurred.
Other stroke symptoms include the SUDDEN occurrence of:
- facial or limb numbness, particularly on one side of the body only
- confusion or difficulty communicating or understanding
- vision problems
- dizziness or loss of coordination
- severe unexplained headache
Women may also experience a few additional symptoms such as the SUDDEN onset of:
- pain in the face, limbs, or chest
- difficulty breathing
- heart palpitations
If a stroke is caught within the first three hours, a medication to break up the dangerous blood clot can be administered. This medication may prevent long-term problems related to stroke. Treatment depends on time, so get medical attention at the first sign of stroke and record the exact time the symptoms occurred.
The certified primary Stroke Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers a highly comprehensive program for stroke care. If you have any questions or would like a physician referral, please call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119. To receive a free magnent with the warning signs of Stroke, please call us at 1-877-442-2362.