A stroke is serious and potentially life-threatening, yet many people fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke when it is happening. Would you know how to recognize a stroke or how to react to help a stroke victim? Responding quickly to the warning signs of a stroke is important because there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that, if given within three hours of the first symptom, may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.
According to the National Stroke Association, stroke symptoms include sudden:
- numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
- confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- severe headache with no known cause.
If you recognize that someone is experiencing a stroke, remember to act F.A.S.T.
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of his face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Can he repeat the sentence correctly? Are his words slurred?
Time: Time is of the essence! Call 911 right away or get to a hospital as fast as possible!
At Aunt Ann’s Home Care, we encourage all family members and caregivers of elderly individuals or those with conditions that may increase the risk of stroke to learn more about how to identify and respond to strokes. If you want to learn more about how to help prevent a stroke or how to care for a loved one after a stroke, contact us today at 415.974.3530 or 650.757.2000.