Recognize a Stroke FAST by Knowing These Symptoms

No one wants to receive a phone call involving a loved one and a stroke. Sadly, though, the news comes to many.   Every year nearly eight hundred thousand individuals in the U.S have a stroke; three quarters of those individuals being over 65. Strokes are a leading cause of serious, long-term disabilities, making stroke prevention a top priority in the medical community.   A stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain is blocked or narrowed cutting off oxygen and nutrients to the brain (Ischemic). Or when a blood vessel in the brain leaks or ruptures (Hemorrhagic, which is the less common type). Brain cells begin to die leading serious issues if not promptly treated.    Treating quickly is critical in stroke cases. To recognize a stroke quickly you’ll need awareness  of the risk factors affecting a loved one and knowledge of the immediate symptoms of a stroke.  

Understand the Risk Factors to Monitor Loved Ones and Decrease Risk Factors. 

  1. Those who have experienced a stroke are 10x more likely to have one again.
  2. High blood pressure
  3. High cholesterol
  4. Diabetes
  5. Smoking
  6. Family history 

Recognize a Stroke F.A.S.T. from the MayoClinic:

  • Face. Does one side of the face droop when smiling?
  • Arms. Does one arm drift downward or is one arm unable to raise up when asked to do so?
  • Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is speech slurred or strange?
  • Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

More Detailed Symptoms of a Stroke:

  • Difficulty understanding and speaking.
    • Slurring speech
    • Difficulty understand simple conversation
  • Vision trouble.
    • Blurry
    • Blackened
    • Double vision
  • Paralysis face, arm or leg.
    • Feelings of numbness
    • Weakness
    • Difficulty raising both arms above the head without one falling.
    • Difficulty smiling with both sides of your face.
  • Vision trouble.
    • Blurry
    • Blackened
    • Double vision  
  • Headaches.
    • Sudden and extreme
    • Vomiting
    • Dizziness
  • Difficulty Walking.
    • Loss of balance
    • Dizziness
  Recognizing a stroke FAST can prevent life long physical disabilities in a loved one.

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