Warning Signs of Stroke
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke and getting to the hospital immediately may help prevent brain injury, disability or even death. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the warning signs of stroke in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Stroke is a medical emergency. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others. Every second counts.

Symptoms of stroke include:

·     Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg—especially on one side of the body

·     Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech

·     Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

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

·     Sudden, severe headache that comes on with no known cause.

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

    F   for FACE –Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? 

    A  for ARMS—Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? 

    S  for SPEECH—Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred?

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

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.