Daily Archives: February 7, 2015

Know the Signs of Stroke!

Brain Attack

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Working in stroke rehabilitation, I see the effects of stroke every day. A team of speech, physical and occupational therapists working along with doctors, nurses, TRs, and case managers is valuable in stroke recovery. It is important that someone having a stroke gets immediate medical attention. You can help!

Everyone should know the warning signs of stroke. According to the American Heart Association, there is an easy way to learn the signs so that you can act FAST and get help immediately! Just remember FAST! Look out for these signs and call for help right away!

F = Face Drooping
Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
Ask the person to smile and see if it looks uneven.
If so, get help now! Call 911 or your local emergency number!

A = Arm Weakness
Is one arm weak or numb?
Ask the person to raise both arms in front of them. Does one arm drift down?
If so, get help now! Call 911 or your local emergency number!

S = Speech Difficulty
Is speech slurred?
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like “the sky is blue.”
Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand?
If so, get help now! Call 911 or your local emergency number!

T = Time
Time to call for emergency assistance!
If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if they go away, call 911 or your local
emergency number and get them to the hospital immediately!

Taking FAST action is key! Getting the person to the hospital for immediate care can make a big difference in the outcome! So, learn the signs and be ready!

For a reminder of the acronym FAST, watch this award-winning video that was located on
you-tube. You may find yourself singing this catchy tune!

Know the Signs of Stroke! If someone needs help, call 911 or your local emergency number!

For more information, you can check out these websites. The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is solely focused on reducing death and disability from stroke.

(Posted in response to the daily prompt to explain a complicated subject in an easy way.
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