Stroke, according to the National Stroke Association, is listed as the fifth leading reason for death in the U.S., with an annual count of about 800,000 individuals suffering from a stroke. This signifies that every 40 seconds somebody in some location in our nation experiences a stroke. And every four minutes somebody dies from a stroke.
If you are caring for an elderly or chronically ailing friend or family member who is at an elevated risk for stroke, it’s very important to be sure that you are able to identify the signs of a stroke. The more rapidly you obtain professional medical assistance, the more likely your loved one will survive the stroke. Warning signs of a stroke normally include sudden onset of:
- Feeling numb or weak in the face, arm or leg – predominantly on one side of the body
- Confusion, trouble with understanding or speaking
- Blurred vision or problems with vision
- Struggles with walking, feeling lightheaded, loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache without any known cause
If you notice these warning signs of a stroke in someone, remember to act F.A.S.T.
Face: Ask the individual to smile and see if one side seems to droop.
Arms: Ask the individual to lift both arms. Does one arm droop downward?
Speech: Ask the individual to repeat a simple sentence. When he does, note if speech sounds slurred or if the person is not able to pronounce words properly.
Time: Time is critical! If you detect any of the warning signs above, call 911 immediately or make sure the person gets to a hospital as soon as possible!
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