How to Check for Signs of Stroke

this post answers the following questions
1. What is a stroke?
2. What effects a stroke can have on a person?
3. What is the national stroke association’s act F.A.S.T?
4. Why is it important to research on strokes?
5. What is F.A.S.T means?

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, yet not many people are fully aware of the dangers that strokes can pose.  In basic terms, a stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is stopped or slowed to a point that it causes brain cells to die.  If left untreated, strokes can cause major complications, such as paralysis, loss of vision loss of speech, or death.  Here is a step-by-step guide on checking for signs of stroke:

Step 1:  Know and understand the symptoms of stroke

Know what effects a stroke can have on a person. One of the most obvious signs of stroke is a sudden weakness or numbness in certain parts of the body, such as the leg, face, arm, or on one particular side of the body. Dizziness, loss of balance, confusion, slurred speech, sudden and severe headache, and loss of consciousness are also symptoms of strokes.  Remember that not all people will experience these signs and symptoms, so if you or someone around you feels any bodily symptoms that are out of the norm, get help as soon as possible.

Step 2:  Act F.A.S.T.

The National Stroke Association’s Act F.A.S.T. response is one of the best ways to check for and react to a stroke.  F.A.S.T. Stands for face, arms, speech, and time.  Check the face by asking the person to smile, if the face droops, it is most likely a sign of stroke.  Have the person raise both arms into the air, if one falls downward, it may be a sign of stroke.  Finally, say a simple sentence and have the person repeat it to you, if the words are slurred or the sentence is incorrect, the person may be experiencing a stroke.  Finally, remember that time is of the essence.  Should someone exhibit any of these symptoms, contact 911 or get the person to the hospital as fast as possible.

Step 3:  Have a check up

Perhaps the best way to check and confirm stroke is to see a doctor.  Doctors can provide very useful information on how to prevent strokes and how to deal with strokes should one ever occur again.  Patients should remember to always be completely honest with their doctors, so that the doctor can make a complete and thorough analysis of the patient’s status.  After all, the best way to save someone from a stroke is to prevent it from happening in the first place and again.  If you or anyone around you is at a risk of having a stroke, make sure to do your research on strokes and gather as much information as you can, so you know exactly what to do should a stroke strike.

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  1. only4jade19 says:

    Stroke is an emergency, that occurs suddenly and one that should be treated as soon as possible. Its symptoms starts suddenly because it is caused by an abrupt interruption of blood flow to an area of the brain. If it happens the brain may stop functioning in a few seconds. The symptoms includes weakness and numbness felt in the face, arm and or the leg on one side of the body, unable to understand spoken words, unable to speak and write, may experience vertigo and may have double vision. The faster you get the treatment the higher chances you have in reversing the long term effects of stroke.

  2. potrish78 says:

    Stroke is not a stranger to my family since both of my parents as well as my younger brother already had strokes. I was told by several doctors that I have a very high risk of experiencing one myself if I don’t watch what I eat. I’m lucky enough that when it first happened to my dad, I was already a graduate of Physical Therapy, so I know the signs when it is happening and I was able to act on it immediately. The key factor here is quick thinking. The moment I saw the signs of stroke, I rushed him to the E.R.

    In addition to the signs written in the blog post, another way to determine whether a patient is having a stroke is when you ask him or her to stick out his or her tongue and the tongue deviated to one side, it is a clear indication that he or she is having a stroke.

  3. DrixProject says:

    Indeed, Stroke is an emergency and every minute on the management of stroke will make a difference. In stroke, there is a reduction of blood flow and oxygenation in the brain due to an obstruction in the blood flow to the brain. The brain tissue is vulnerable to hypoxia. Brain cells die without oxygen and our brain cells don’t regenerate because they are “permanent cells”. Each minute during a stroke destroys millions of brain cells and leads to deficits in the brain’s function or even death.

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