One-third of Americans don’t have a primary stroke center nearby. Getting help is critical to surviving and reducing disability when a stroke hits.
Use the FAST system for recognizing the signs.
- F for face drooping;
- A for arm weakness;
- S for speech difficulty; and
- T, time to call 9-1-1.
They may also have
- visions changes,
- muscle stiffness,
- memory loss,
- behavioral changes,
- severe headache,
- confusion, and
- problems with walking and swallowing.
If you see any combination of these behaviors and you even suspect a stroke is happening, call for help.
If you’re wrong, great; if you’re right, great. It’s a win-win!
Get emergency medical people on the scene as soon as possible.
Have a list of medications and health history ready.
Certain medical conditions such as aFib are known to cause strokes and heart attacks. Be informed.
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