How to recognize if someone is having a stroke
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - With May being National Stroke Awareness Month, doctors say they want people to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke.
Roughly every 40 seconds, strokes are a leading cause of death and disability in America. There are three types of strokes: ischemic, hemorrhagic and transient ischemic.
Ischemic strokes happen when the blood supply to your brain is blocked. Hemorrhagic strokes happen when the blood vessels around your brain tissue burst. A transient ischemic attack or “mini-stroke” usually lasts only a few minutes and doesn’t cause permanent damage.
In order to recognize and remember the signs of a stroke, you can use the acronym F.A.S.T:
- F is for face. Check for drooping on the side of the face.
- A is for arm/hand. Check for droop or weakness.
- S is for speech. Check for slurring speech or inability to speak.
- T is for time. It’s time to call 911.
Some stroke symptoms may only be temporary, but you never want to ignore the warning signs. When someone is having a stroke, every second counts. If you notice any of the signs, call 911 immediately.
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