If you ever think you are having a stroke, take these action steps:
- First, appraise your symptoms. Bear in mind that stroke symptoms tend to come on suddenly, and victims often experience at least two symptoms.
- If you think you’re having a stroke, call 911 immediately in order to get to a hospital within 3 hours for best chance of recovery. The most effective stroke treatments are only available if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within the first three hours of the first symptoms. Many Americans are not aware that stroke patients may not be eligible for stroke treatments if they arrive at the hospital after the 3-hour window.
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:
- F—FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- A—ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S—SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
- T—TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.