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Look for Stroke Symptoms

Posted on September 22, 2017 | No Comments on Look for Stroke Symptoms

Doctors say ‘brain attack’ can be prevented, but only if people with risk factors for stroke take heed of the warning. The American Stroke Association lists the following primary tell-tale signs of stroke which occur suddenly and last for minutes, hours, or even days.

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

To confirm above symptoms, patients are advised to undergo a practical FAST test (National Stroke Association).

F ACE (Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?)
ARMS (Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?)
SPEECH (Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?)
TIME (If the person shows any of these symptoms, consider it an emergency. Physician’s care is crucial.)

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