It is absolutely necessary to recognize the signs of a stroke immediately. The American Stroke Association says it best with “time lost is brain lost.” Learn how to spot the signs of a stroke FAST and be prepared anytime you see or feel any of these symptoms.
This can include numbness, tingling, or drooping of the face and or mouth. If you think your loved one may be having a stroke, ask them to smile and look for an uneven, asymmetrical smile. Click here to see a perfect example of what this might look like.
This may include numbness, tingling, or weakness of one arm. Ask the person to raise both arms and look for unequal strength or control when comparing side to side
This may present as slurred speech, speaking nonsense, inability to speak, or sudden onset of confusion. Ask the person to repeat a sentence and listen for changes in their ability to repeat the sentence or their ability to understand the instructions.
Call 911 immediately! Time lost = brain lost!!!
If all you do is memorize F.A.S.T. then you’re miles ahead of most, but here are some other signs of stroke for your information:
Sudden onset of
- changes in vision
- inability to walk
- loss of coordination (clumsy movements, running into things when walking, etc)
- severe headache