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The First Signs of Stroke and When to Act FAST

Friday, May 25th, 2018 | by

Recognizing the early signs of stroke can make a huge difference in properly responding to a stroke emergency. Know when to act FAST!

 

Early signs of stroke, and when to act fast:

  • Confusion
  • Severe headache
  • Weakness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Vision Changes
  • Vertigo or lost of balance
  • Nausea, and/or vomiting

If you see these early signs of stroke, remember to act FAST:

  • Face: Make sure their face is symmetrical
  • Arms: Can they lift both arms?
  • Speech: Do they sound slurred or strange?
  • Time: Call 9-1-1 immediately

Remember if you’re ever in doubt, it’s better to be overly cautious.

What are mini-strokes?

Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs) can happen a week before a stroke. The symptoms last only a few minutes, but FAST still applies. If this has happened to you, or someone you know, get checked immediately!

How to prevent strokes?

Did you know High Blood Pressure is the No. 1 cause of strokes? Regular at-home blood pressure monitoring and lowering your blood pressure is your best defense against strokes! Click here to learn more about preventing strokes.