Early Warning Signs of Stroke
Stroke is one of the most preventable of all life-threatening health problems, provided that you pay proper attention to lifestyle and medical risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Furthermore, treatment exists to help minimize the effects of a stroke, however it must be given within 3 hours of the first symptom. So it is important for people to be able to recognize the symptoms of stroke and seek emergency medical attention. Recognizing stroke symptoms can be easy if you learn to Act F.A.S.T.
If you have any stroke symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body.
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or 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.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may have had a TIA or mini-stroke. Ask your doctor if you can lower your risk for stroke by taking aspirin, or by other means.
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:
|F = FACE
||Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
|A = ARM
||Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
|S = SPEECH
||Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred/strange?
|T = TIME
||If you observe any of these signs, it's time to call 9-1-1.