Thursday, August 19, 2010

Identify Stroke F.A.S.T.!

The F.A.S.T. Action Plan to identify warning signs of stroke can help you save life. Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans doesn't have any idea about stroke symptoms, - which can lead to dangerous delays in getting medical help?

F - ace. ask the person to smile. A stroke warning sign can cause one side of the face to droop. Watch out for sudden severe headache with unknown cause or dimming of vision as well.

A - rms. ask person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward, it could be stroke, which also triggers numbness, weakness or paralysis with an arm or leg specifically one side of body. A person may also has unexplained loss of balance or sudden fall.

S - peech. - ask person to repeat simple sentence. Stroke victim has trouble speaking or understanding speech.

T - ime. If any of these symptoms are present, call 911. Stroke is a life-or-death emergency in which every minute counts.