F.A.S.T. on World Stroke Day

This year World Stroke Day is today on Thursday October 29th. this is one of those medical conditions that I do not have but it’s still near and dear to my heart. One of my closest friends had a series of small strokes several years ago. If they hadn’t been dealt with they could have led to a major stroke which could have left us without him. He is doing relatively well, but still does still have some lingering residual effects from his strokes.

So given that today is World Stroke Day I thought it would be a good idea to reinforce the signs of a stroke – F.A.S.T.

Act F.A.S.T
Recognize the signs of stroke

F – Face. During a Stoke, commonly, the person will loose muscular function on one side of the body. This is easily seen in the face as it tends to droop. Ask the person to smile. If the normal smile does not immerge or is very lax, this is a sign of a stroke

A – Arms. Again, with muscular function impaired, one side of the body is significantly weaker. It the person is unable to raise both arms to the same hight easily, this is a sign of a stroke.

S – Speech. Slurred speech, the ability to talk is a result of the weakened musculature in the face. The inability to use correct words or understand others around is disconcerting. Both of these situations are signs of a stroke.

T – Time. Time to call 911. Every second counts with Simone having stroke. If they are unable to relieve the pressure, permanent damage, serious permanent damage, even death can occur. So, even if you are not sure, better safe than sorry.

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