Recognizing Stroke Symptoms – Time is Critical!

A message from Barb:

A couple of weeks ago, a dear friend of ours, 57 years old, fit, healthy, active, doesn’t drink or smoke….had a stroke.

It wasn’t recognized for almost a day. To remind us all, here is a list of symptoms:

  • Numbness of the face, arm, or leg.
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Vision trouble in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Severe headache with no known cause.

F.A.S.T. Test

  • Face. Ask for a smile. Does one side droop?
  • Arms. When raised, does one side drift down?
  • Speech. Can the person repeat a simple sentence? Does he or she have trouble or slur words?
  • Time. Time is critical. Call 911 immediately if any symptoms are present.

There are clot-busting drugs that can curb brain damage, but they need to be used within three hours (up to 4.5 hours in some people) of the initial stroke symptoms.

For more information please see:

A Visual Guide to Understanding Stroke