A stroke is an interruption in the blood supply to the brain. Typically this is due to a blockage of a vessel in the brain, but it can also occur because of a break in the vessel walls.
We can help to identify a stroke by remembering the acronym FAST:
- Face – facial numbness or weakness, especially on one side
- Arm – arm numbness or weakness, especially on one side
- Speech – slurred speech or difficulty speaking or understanding
- Time – time is important; call EMS/9-1-1 immediately
A person suffering a stroke might also be dizzy, confused, and leading into unconsciousness.
When providing care to someone having a suspected stroke, make sure they are in a safe and comfortable position, call 911, and gather as much information and medical history as possible. Provide NO medication!