As aforementioned, stroke is a medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention. Some of the signs of stroke can be recognized by what is known as F.A.S.T.
The fast acronym embodies the most common signs of a stroke
- Is your Face drooping?
- Can you lift both Arms?
- Is your Speech jumbled or slurred?
- Then it is Time to call 9-1-1 immediately.
If you exhibit one or more of these signs, then you should call 9-1-1 immediately. Don’t drive yourself to the hospital; wait for an ambulance to take you to a hospital for adequate stroke care.
Some other signs of stroke include;
- Blurring or doubling of vision
- Acute severe headache – usually followed by some other symptoms.
- Issues with balance
Now, some people may wonder:
What if I don’t exhibit all the FAST signs?
Not everyone will experience all the FAST signs. With a stroke, one is enough; call 9-1-1 as soon as you notice any sign.
Do Men and Women Present with the same signs?
Yes, they do.
What types of strokes do the FAST signs apply to?
The FAST signs apply to all kinds of stroke. However, there may be some differences in its occurrence. For instance, hemorrhagic stroke may present with severe headaches together with the FAST signs.