|Warning Signs of Stroke (signal boost)
||[Jan. 9th, 2011|01:58 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
Ganked from kimberlogic with some editing...
Many people are alive and well today thanks to prompt attention to the symptoms of a stroke. You can read one account of the true value of paying attention and seeking urgent medical care here: http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/012798.html
Strokes can happen to anyone of any age!
WARNING SIGNS (from www.strokeinfo.org)
WALK (Is your balance off?)
TALK (Is your speech slurred or face droopy?)
REACH (Is your vision all or partly lost?)
FEEL (Is your headache severe?)
If you recognize any of these signs – even if they go away – call 9-1-1 immediately and tell the operator, paramedics, or emergency room staff, "I think this is a stroke."
FAST stands for face, arms, speech and time, and is being used as part of a campaign by the Stroke Awareness Foundation to educate the public about warning signs of stroke and seek proper medical services immediately. If you think a person is having a stroke, call 9-1-1, especially if the person has trouble with these basic commands.
Yes, yes, yes, yes. Also: yes.
In particular, the FA of FAST is about asymmetry: check for asymmetric facial expressions, or try to lift both arms and see if one responds more lethargically than the other.
Time is the big one, though: the sooner a stroke victim can get treatment, the less severe the damage will be and the easier recovery is. A few minutes can be the difference between life and death, or between permanent brain damage and temporary. And it's usually faster to call 9-1-1 rather than drive the person to a hospital yourself, as the ambulances can contact the hospital en route and start treatment immediately.
The fact that Paulo got me in an ambulance pretty much immediately is why I'm able to type this, pretty much.