Every year, about 185,000 people die from a stroke, so it's important to know the warning signs because time is the key factor in survival and recovery.
According to the National Stroke Association, symptoms of a stroke include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in your face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body;
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding;
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes;
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance;
- Sudden severe headache for no reason.
So what do you do if you're with someone and you think they may be having a stroke?
You need to act F.A.S.T. That acronym stands for:
Face: Does one side of the face droop? Can the person smile?
Arms: Can the person raise both arms equally?
Speech: Can the person repeat a simple phrase without slurred or strange speech?
Time: Call 9-1-1 quickly if you see any of these signs.
You can learn more about strokes, and how to prevent them, from the National Stroke Association. Here's a link to their website.
To be prepared in advance, you can locate a Stroke Center in your area by clicking here.
You can also call 1-800-STROKES (1-800-787-6537) if you want more information about strokes.