Stroke – Signs and Symptoms

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!

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