Would you know what to do if a loved one was suffering from a stroke?
Posted on 6th March 2018 at 10:58
A stroke can happen to anyone at any age, at any time. It is vital to know how to spot the important warning signs of a stroke as early as possible, in yourself or somene else.
Using the FAST test methood is the best way to spot the early warning signs.
FACE Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
ARMS Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
SPEECH PROBLEMS Can the person speak clewarly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
TIME If you see any of theses signs, its time to call 999
There is no way of knowing if symptoms will pass or get better when they first start, so you need to seek immediate medical help. A stroke is a medical emergency. Always dial 999. The quicker the person arrives at a specialist stroke unit, the quicker they will receive appropriate treatment.
The FAST test helps to spot the three most common symptoms of stroke. But there are other signs that you should always take seriously.
Other symtoms to look out for;
Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including legs, hands or feet.
Difficulty finding words or speaking in clear sentences.
Sudden blurred vision or loss of sight in one or both eyes.
Sudden memory loss or confusion, and dizziness; or a sudden fall.
A sudden, severe headache.
If you spot any of these signs of a stroke, don't wait. Call 999 straight away.
Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)
The FAST test can be used to recognise the signs of a TIA as well. A TIA (transient ischaemic attack), also known as a mini-stroke, is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms last for a short amount of time.
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