Know the signs and symptoms of a stroke in men and women
Strokes can come on suddenly, and may affect speech and movement. Many individuals report their sight becoming affected, while others become confused and unsteady, have trouble speaking, or experience a sudden, severe headache for no apparent reason.
Recognize a stroke
A quick response to the signs of a stroke can significantly improve chances of survival and recovery.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the “FAST” test is a helpful way of assessing specific symptoms of stroke:
- Face is drooping?
- Arms can you raise both?
- Speech is it slurred or jumbled?
- Time to call 9-1-1 right away
This is not a complete list of symptoms patients may experience.
Always act fast
The quicker you act, the better chance of stroke survival and recovery. If someone fails any of these tests, it is advised to call for help immediately by dialing 911.
A stroke should always be treated as a medical emergency as a speedy response can improve a person’s chances of survival and recovery.
Don’t ignore short-term symptoms of a stroke
A mini-stroke, also known as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), may produce stroke-like symptoms that disappear within 24 hours, but should be treated just as seriously. A mini-stroke or TIA is a strong warning sign that someone is at risk of a major stroke and should be treated as a medical emergency with help being sought.
Not seeing a doctor on a regular basis can have serious repercussions on your health. Find out more here.
Listen to family and friends
When someone has a stroke, they often don’t realize they have a problem, and it may be a relative or friend who first notices that something is wrong. If they begin to question why an individual’s face looks odd, or has slurred speech; remember that stroke should be treated as a medical emergency so act FAST.