The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pointed out that more than 795,000 Americans suffer from strokes each year with 610,000 of them as first or new strokes. This makes stroke the leading cause of serious long-term disability among Americans.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke can make a lot of difference in responding to this situation. Thus, Firstline Walk-In Clinic, Family Practice & Pharmacy, your trusted walk-in clinic in Cambridge, brings you five common warning signs of stroke.
Medical Care in Ontario and the CDC recommends that upon responding think and act F.A.S.T. F.A.S.T. and getting help through 9-1-1 within an hour can prevent long-term disability or death.
- F: Face drooping
Upon responding, ask the person to smile and see if one side of his/her face is drooping or it is showing an uneven smile.
- A: Arm weakness
Upon stroke, the person may experience numbness or weakness in his/her arms. Ask the person to raise both arms and see if at least one arm is drifting downward.
- S: Speech Difficulty
People having a stroke may slur their speech or have trouble speaking at all. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence and see if there’s any speech abnormality.
- T: Time to call 911
If a person shows ANY of the symptoms listed above, even if they went away, immediately call 911. Depending on the type of stroke, doctors may give aspirin or any powerful clot-busting drugs from trusted pharmaceutical services in Ontario.
- Other symptoms – beyond F.A.S.T.
Observe if there’s sudden trouble in walking, seeing in one or both eyes, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, etc.