May is National Stroke Awareness Month. If someone you care for was experiencing a stroke, would you know how to spot the signs?
There’s now an easy way to remember the signs of a stroke, and it’s called F.A.S.T. Here’s what F.A.S.T. stands for, according to the National Stroke Association:
F: Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A: Arms. Ask the person to raise their arms. Does one arm face downward.
S: Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T: Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Getting rapid treatment for stroke can make a difference in survival. There are now effective treatments for stroke, but the person needs to receive the treatments quickly. Without rapid treatment, someone having a stroke can die.
Other stroke symptoms include a sudden headache with an unknown cause, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, and confusion, among other symptoms shared by the National Stroke Association.
For stroke prevention, make sure that your loved one’s health professionals help monitor for the risk of stroke. Certain factors, such as older age, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, smoking, and drinking excessive alcohol all can raise one’s risk for stroke. However, stroke may affect even those who you may not suspect—such as the recent deaths of actor Luke Perry and director John Singleton, both only in their early 50s.
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