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Act FAST When Someone Suffers a Stroke

By Debbie Humphrey

Did you know there are two kinds of stroke? Ischemic stroke, which impacts 87% of all stroke sufferers, occurs when an artery is blocked. Hemorrhagic stroke is more severe, because an artery ruptures, causing significant pressure and damage to the brain.

Chances are you know someone who has suffered a stroke. Do you know what to look for in the unfortunate instance that someone you know experiences a stroke? Do you know how important it is to Act FAST when someone suffers a stroke?

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and having worked in the care-giving business as long as I have, it is crucial that action be taken quickly when someone suffers a stroke. The FASTer symptoms are recognized, the less likely the person will suffer more severe repercussions – or even die – from a stroke.

According to the National Stroke Association, for every minute a stroke sufferer’s brain does not receive proper blood flow, two million neurons are negatively affected. The more neurons that are lost determines the overall impact on speech, movement, memory, and life.

Anyone, at practically any age, can suffer a stroke. However, it is most common in seniors. If you ever find yourself in the presence of someone you think is having a stroke, a simple test recommended by the National Stroke Foundation called Act FAST can help you recognize the signs:

Face – Ask the person to smile. Does one side appear droopy or unresponsive?
Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one tend to angle downward?
Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
Time – If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately!

Please remember this Act FAST test if someone you know and love appears to be having a stroke. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of FAST action when stroke is suspected.

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National Stroke Association