May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Learing how to spot a stroke is just as important as teaching your family CPR or what to do in the event of a fire. With stroke- just like a cardiac arrest or fire seconds count.
F-Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
A-Arm Weakness: is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does on arm drift downward?
S-Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T-Time to call 911: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately.
Additional signs include: sudden severe headache with no known cause: sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination: sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; or sudden confusion or trouble understanding.