February 26

Stroke Recognition F.A.S.T. Means Stay Alive



Stroke Recognition

Knowing what F.A.S.T. means can mean the difference between life and death for you or a  loved one. A stroke is always a medical emergency, and the longer a stroke remains untreated, the greater the chance of stroke-related brain damage. Emergency medical treatment soon after symptoms begin, significantly improves the chance of survival and successful rehabilitation.

F.A.S.T. means

  • Face Drooping: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arm Weakness:  Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech Difficulty: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • Time To Call 911: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Recognizing stroke symptoms fast is what F.A.S.T. is all about. It’s an easy to remember acronym to help you spot the signs of a stroke and know when to call 911.

American Stroke Association

Go to the American Stroke Associations excellent website (here) for more information and additional signs to look for, for example

A sudden severe headache with no known cause

Stroke recognition is something everyone should know, please visit the American Stroke Associations webpage. You never know when may need to know the information on the page. It’s important to know that a stroke can strike anyone at any time, you can make lifestyle changes for better protection against the danger of a stroke striking, but not eliminate the possibility. Knowing what to do can mean the difference between someone spending the rest of their life in a wheelchair, or still being able to walk after a stroke.

Take care; God be with you until we meet again.


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