May is Stroke Awareness Month
If you, or someone you know, are experiencing the symptoms of a stroke that came on suddenly, remember B.E. F.A.S.T. and CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
Is the person having trouble walking? Loss of balance or coordination, dizziness.
Is the person having trouble seeing? Change in vision in one or both eyes.
Ask the person to smile. Does the smile look even? Face looks uneven, droopy or is numb.
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drop down? Weakness or numbness in one arm or leg.
SPEECH: Does the person have trouble speaking or seem confused? Slurred or difficult speech.
TIME: Time lost = Brain lost. Note the time symptoms start and call 9-1-1 immediately.
Another symptom could be an unfamiliar or sudden severe headache.
BE FAST was developed by Intermountain Healthcare, as an adaptation of the FAST model implemented by the American Stroke Association. Reproduced with permission from Intermountain Healthcare. Copyright 2011, Intermountain Health Care.
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