If your loved one was having a stroke, would you know what to do? Would you recognize the signs in order to get that person the necessary help? Time is of the essence when it comes to a stroke and acting quickly will increase chances of survival for this medical emergency. Do you know stroke signs and symptoms?
A stroke is basically a brain attack. It happens when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this occurs, blood cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. Every person is affected differently by a stroke. It all depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much of the brain gets damaged. That will determine the severity of the situation.
Ask yourself, as a caregiver, if you know the signs outlined by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Use this easy acronym – FAST– to help you remember.
FACE: Is it drooping?
ARM weakness: Can both arms be raised?
SPEECH difficulty: Is it slurred or jumbled?
TIME: Call 9-1-1 quickly if any of these symptoms are present
Other Stroke Symptoms
- Numbness or weakness on one side of the body
- Sudden severe headache with cause unknown
- Troubles walking, dizziness or loss of coordination
- Sudden troubles with vision and focus
The statistics surrounding strokes in Canada are truly staggering. An estimated 1.6 Canadians are living with heart disease and the effects of stroke. It’s crucial to educate yourself about the signs so you can get your loved one the medical treatment he/she needs as quickly as possible.