Recognize and Respond
Recognize: What are Symptoms of a Stroke?
- Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, particularly on one side
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Dizziness, trouble walking, loss of coordination
- Sever headache with unknown cause
Respond: What to do if you expect stroke?
Knowing your risk factors is only half the battle. Strokes can happen suddenly, anytime and anywhere. If you think you or someone else may be having astroke, act F.A.S.T.
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
Ask the person to raise both arms, Does one arm drift downward?
Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred?
If you see any of these signs call 9-1-1 right away.
Strokes can come on suddenly and progress rapidly, causing permanent disability if not treated quickly. If a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, it might be tempting to drive him or her to the emergency department. However, calling 9-1-1 is your loved one’s best chance for survival.