The following are the most common stroke warning signs. These may be sudden and include:
Women may report unique stroke symptoms, including:
Go to the ER immediately if experiencing any of the symptoms. Time is brain tissue.
You can perform these simple steps in order. You might want to remember: Act FAST!
F Ask the person to smile. Does the FACE look uneven?
A Is the person able to raise both ARMS and hold to the count of 10? Does one arm tend to drift downward?
S Is the person’s SPEECH slurred? Can they repeat a simple sentence? You can use the following: “They heard him speak on the radio last night.”
T If you suspect a stroke it is TIME to call 911 NOW!
Illustrations courtesy of National Stroke Association. Used with permission.