If You Suspect a Stroke
Timing is everything! Quick response to a possible stroke may greatly improve chances of full recovery. You need to act FAST to help save someone experiencing a stroke.
To identify someone who may be having a stroke, you need to recognize certain characteristics of behavior. The CDC recommends the following identifiers and tests:
F — Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A — Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S — Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T — Time: If you see any of these signs, call 911 right away.
When any symptoms first appear, try to note the time. This information will help health care providers determine the best treatment. Stroke treatments that work best are available only if the stroke is 1) recognized, and 2) diagnosed within three hours of the first symptoms. Stroke patients may incur lasting damage if the patients don’t arrive at the hospital in time. Prompt diagnsis and timing are critical for certain medical interventions.
Call 911. Do not attempt to drive yourself, or drive someone else, to the hospital. Call 911 for an ambulance so medical personnel can begin lifesaving treatment on the way to the emergency room.
Act FAST to save a life.
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