Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stroke Warning Signs

Did you know: More women than men die from strokes?

STROKE WARNING SIGNS
THINK
F.A.S.T.

FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?

TIME: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important.

Common stroke symptoms seen in both men and women:

Sudden numbness or weakness of 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, loss of balance or coordination;

Sudden severe headache with no known cause;

Women may report other unique stroke symptoms’: Sudden face and limb pain, sudden hiccups, sudden nausea, sudden general weakness, sudden chest pain, sudden shortness of breath and sudden palpitations.

A STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY! Get help and get to the hospital. The chance that you will survive and recover from a stroke is higher if you get emergency treatment right away.

Source: American Heart and American Stroke Association

Submitted by Group & Community Page Member, Pamela Perry

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