Stroke Think FAST

Thursday, April 30, 2015

You can remember the sudden signs of a stroke by thinking F.A.S.T. When you can spot the signs, youll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away. Dr. Edward Hill discusses stroke symptoms in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

If you think someone may be having a stroke, use the acronym FAST to do this simple test:

F for FACEAsk the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A for ARMSAsk the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S for SPEECHAsk the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? and

T for TIMETime is critical. Brain cells are dying. Call 911 or get to the hospital quickly.

According to the National Stroke Association, stroke symptoms include:

Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or legespecially on one side of the body.

Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.

Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, and

Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Learn the many warning signs of a stroke. Act FAST and call 9-1-1 immediately at any sign of a stroke.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.