Know the Signs

BEING ABLE TO RECOGNIZE A STROKE COULD HELP SAVE A LIFE

strokeBY GREG STARK

When it comes to spotting a stroke and getting help, time is of the essence. That’s because prompt treatment might make the difference between life and death — or the difference between a full recovery and long-term disability.

Being able to spot the signs of a stroke can help save valuable time. The easiest way to remember what to look for is to think F.A.S.T. — facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, time to call 911.

The most common sign of a stroke is sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg, most often on one side of the body.

Other warning signs can include:

  • • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
  • • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Source: American Stroke Association