Stroke Warning Signs
If it's Stroke, B.E. F.A.S.T.
During a stroke, the average person can lose about 2 million cells per minute. That's why it's important to B.E. F.A.S.T. and call 9-1-1 if it's a stroke. Time is brain.
B = Loss of balance, dizziness, or lack of coordination
E = Loss of vision or blurred vision (especially in one eye), or double vision
F = Facial drooping. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = Arm weakness. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = Difficulty speaking or understanding speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the person repeat the sentence correctly?
T = Time to call 9-1-1. For someone showing these symptoms, time is critical. Call 9-1-1 and get to the nearest stroke center. Brain cells are dying.
Other Stroke Symptoms...
- Weakness, numbness or tingling in face, arm and/or leg (especially on one side of the body),
- Sudden, severe or explosive headache
Are You at Risk for Stroke? Know the Risk Factors
If you have these risk factors, consult your physician. Education, prevention and detection can save your life.
- High blood pressure
- Heart Disease
- Carotid Artery Disease
- Family History of Stroke
- Prior Stroke or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)
- High Cholesterol
Knowing the Warning Signs of Stroke Can Save Your Life
National Stroke Association
American Heart Association