The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association notes that “F.A.S.T.” can help you spot the signs of a stroke and know what to do if these symptoms occur:
Face drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
Arm weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.
FIND OUT MORE from The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Courtesy of Steve Kukowski at Utica National Insurance Group