Stroke is a medical emergency, but recognising the signs can help save a life. If you, or someone with you, is experiencing the signs or symptoms of a stroke, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
Quick – or FAST – action can improve the chances of survival and recovery. If you are experiencing the symptoms, do not drive – an ambulance will get you to the best hospital for stroke care, plus paramedics can provide interim medical attention.
Not sure what a stroke is? Learn more here.
Signs of a stroke: Remember, BE FAST!
Balance – is there dizziness, headache, or a loss of balance?
Eyes – has vision become blurry?
Face – is it drooping?
Arms – can you raise both?
Speech – is it slurred or jumbled?
Time – to call 911 right away.
Of course, the best defence against stroke is prevention.
Speak to your physician about your risk factors and how you can reduce your risk of stroke.