What is a Stroke? Getting Help ‘FAST’
From the Doctor’s Blog July 8, 2015
Learn the Warning Signs – Act FAST – You Can Help Save a Life
A Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T Time: If you observe ANY of these signs CALL 9-1-1 immediately.
Note the time of the first symptom, this information is important and can affect treatment decisions.
A stroke can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.
According to the National Stroke Association:
• Every 4 minutes someone dies from stroke.
• Each year nearly 800,000 people experience a stroke.
• Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S.
• Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability.