Senior Spotlight: F.A.S.T. Stroke Signs

Our Senior Spotlight is always focused on improving the quality of your life, but this week, we strive to share information that might even help you save one! In honor of Stroke Awareness Month in May, we wanted to share this helpful acronym from the CDC as shown below (please note this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical or healthcare  guidance).

Per the CDC: “Acting F.A.S.T. can help stroke patients get the treatments they desperately need. The stroke treatments that work best are available only if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within 3 hours of the first symptoms. Stroke patients may not be eligible for these if they don’t arrive at the hospital in time.”

How To Act F.A.S.T.

F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?

T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.

Last but not least, be sure to note when any of these symptoms first appeared. The time frame serves as an important window for health care providers as they determine the best treatment for each individual.

To learn more about stroke types and differences in men & women, please visit: https://www.healthline.com/health/stroke

To read the CDC ‘Stroke Signs & Symptoms’ page in full, click here: https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/signs_symptoms.htm

To access patient & consumer resources from the American Stroke Association, check out: https://www.stroke.org/en/about-the-american-stroke-association/american-stroke-month/community-resources-english

All my best,

Bobbi Decker

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