Stroke symptoms come on suddenly and without warning. The acronym “FAST” can help you recognize if someone is having a stroke.
F – face drooping
One side of the face will usually begin to droop if someone is having a stroke. If you are unsure if it is drooping, ask the person to smile and see if their smile is even or lopsided.
A – arm weakness
Weakness and numbness in one arm is also common. Ask the person to raise both arms and see if one drops or is unsteady.
S – for speech difficulty
Slurred speech affects many people who are having a stroke. Have the person repeat a simple sentence to see if you are able to understand them.
T – for time
If someone displays any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Even if the symptoms seem minor or quickly go away, the person should still be treated.
Women can have additional symptoms when having a stroke. Like the above symptoms, these additional symptoms happen suddenly:
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sudden behavior change
Proper medication can be given to stroke victims within the first three hours of a stroke and prevent disabilities or death, so it’s important to call 9-1-1 immediately if you think someone is having a stroke.
If someone you know has suffered a stroke, the staff at Kingston can help them get back to living their life to the fullest. Our stroke care rehabilitation program is the only one of its kind in the region for successful post-stroke outcomes. Call 419-247-2880 or contact us online to learn more.