Know the signs of a stroke. Similar to a heart attack, stroke is a “brain attack.” Time lost during an attack equals brain cells lost.
If you or a loved one has sudden onset of stroke symptoms, remember to act FAST:
F: Face drooping. Ask the person to smile. Is one side of the smile drooping?
A: Arm weakness or numbness, particularly on one side of the body. Ask the person to lift both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S: Speech that is slurred or difficult to understand. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Do the words come out clearly?
T: Time to call 911. If the person shows any of these signs, call 911 immediately.