Early detection of a stroke minimises the disabling effects. If you identify warning signs quickly, a stroke victim can get to the healthcare institution and receive treatments soon. It will improve their quality of life remarkably.
Symptoms of a stroke
- Sudden weakness or numbness in the legs, arms, or face, particularly involving one side of the victim’s body.
- Sudden difficulty speaking, understanding, or slurred speech
- Sudden impairment of vision involving one or both eyes
- Sudden confusion or loss of consciousness
- Sudden loss of coordination or balance, dizziness, or difficulty walking
- Sudden severe headache without an apparent cause
You can use a very simple test known as ‘FAST’ to recognise a stroke early.
- Face – Ask the victim to smile and stick out the tongue. Does a side of the victim’s face droop or numb? Does the tongue go to a side or the other?
- Arm – Ask the victim to raise both arms. Is one numb, weak, or does it move downward?
- Speech – Ask the victim to repeat a simple sentence. Is the victim unable to speak or understand? Are his or her words slurred?
- Time – If the victim has any of above symptoms, even if their symptoms disappear, you should act immediately because, time is a critical factor. Call for help and get the victim to the hospital as soon as possible.
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