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F.A.S.T Signs Of A Stroke

F.A.S.T signs of a stroke

When identifying a stroke, it is important to act F.A.S.T.

The American Stroke Association developed the following tool to help identify a stroke.

F- Face. Is one side of the person’s face drooping? When they smile, is it uneven?

A-Arm. Is the person experiencing weakness or numbness in their arms? When they raise their arms, does one arm drift downward?

S- Speech. Is the person’s speech suddenly slurred or hard to understand? Are they unable to speak? Can they repeat a simple sentence?

T- Time. If you notice any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

Symptoms of a stroke will seem unusual and come on very suddenly. The following are more sudden, unexplained warning signs of stroke to look for:

  • Numbness or weakness on one side of your face, arm or leg
  • Problems in vision
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Confusion
  • Problems speaking or understanding others
  • A severe headache

Seek medical attention by calling 911 as soon as possible following a stroke event.  The sooner treatment is sought, the better chance of survival.

If you or a loved one have suffered from a recent stroke event, contact CBC Health here.

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