Every 40 seconds, someone in the US has a stroke. It could happen on your street, in your workplace, at a store where you shop – anywhere. Your readiness to spot the stroke warning signs and call 911 could save a life or make the difference between full recovery and long-term disability. That’s why it’s so important to learn the stroke warning signs and urge everyone you know to do the same.
F = FACE
- If you suspect face drooping, ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = ARMS
- Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = SPEECH
- Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T = TIME
- If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. There is no time to waste.
The faster stroke is treated, the more likely the patient is to recover. The thing to remember is that stroke is largely treatable. It’s a matter of getting the right treatment, right away.