Recognizing Stroke: BE FAST
According to the American Stroke Association,
stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability for adults. Recognizing the signs of stroke and getting medical treatment as quickly as possible could improve the outcome.
Use BE FAST to help you recognize the signs of a stroke:
Balance: Is there a sudden problem with balance or a loss of coordination?
Eyes: Is there a sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes, or sudden blurriness or double vision?
Face: Ask the person to smile. Are one or both sides of the face numb or drooping?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Is there weakness or numbness in one arm or on one side of the body?
Speech: Is the person suddenly slurring words, difficult to understand or unable to speak? Can the person correctly repeat simple phrases?
Time: If you notice any of these symptoms, even if they go away, call 911 immediately!
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