Recognizing a Stroke
BE FAST and you could help save someone’s life. If a person shows any of these signs, call 911 immediately. Call even if the symptoms appear to go away. Tell emergency responders that you believe the person is having a stroke and note the time that symptoms first occurred.
B = Balance
Is the person experiencing a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
E = Eyes
Is the person having a sudden change in vision or trouble seeing?
F = Face Drooping
Look at the person’s face. Does one side of their face droop? Ask them to smile. Is the smile lopsided?
A = Arm Weakness
Is an arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise their arms. Does one arm drift down?
S = Speech Difficulty
Is the person’s speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a short phrase. “The silly dog is nice.” Are they slurring their words or completely unable to repeat the sentence?