What Are The Symptoms Of Stroke

April 5, 2018 7:29 am Published by

Stroke is a disease affecting the arteries in and around the brain. Stroke occurs when there is a clot in the vessels or if there is a rupture and the brain does not get blood and oxygen. This causes brain cells to die.

In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds; that is nearly 800,000 stokes annually. If you suspect someone is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.

You can think F-A-S-T. Does the person have:

Face drooping. Is one side of the face numb or is it drooping? As the person to smile. Is it crooked or lopsided?

Arm weakness. Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one drifting downward?

Speech difficulty. Is their speech slurred or hard to understand? Ask them to repeat a simple sentence. If they cannot correctly repeat the words, call 9-1-1.

Time to call 9-1-1. When you call 9-1-1 tell the dispatcher you believe it is stroke. Time is of the essence in getting the patient immediate medical care.