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STROKE – Signs and Symptoms

Strokes are scary and risky and if you don’t act quickly, you might not be able to prevent damage. The faster treatment is given, the lesser brain damage is caused. Here are the signs and symptoms of a stroke that could probably save some lives.

Signs of Stroke

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

The tip to recognizing a stroke is F.A.S.T

Like we said before Acting Fast is the key to saving a life from a stroke. The quicker you are the better it is because the damage is lesser. Recognize the signs of the stroke and act quickly. . Remember Stroke treatment work best when it is diagnosed and treated with 3 hours of the first symptom. Always note the time the symptoms first appear, it will help the person treating you.

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But here F.A.S.T has two purposes. It doesn’t just men quick it is also the name of the test that will help you detect the stroke. So, if you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do the following simple test:

F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

drooping face

A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Nurse Assessing Stroke Victim By Raising Arms

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 an ambulance right away.

Always call for an ambulance so that ready care is available if needed which otherwise wouldn’t be if you drove the patient down to the hospital. If under any circumstances, you realise you are the one having a stroke, call for help immediately – don’t drive yourself to the hospital.

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