This wasn’t what I was planning to post about today, but I got into the office this morning to find out that one of my coworker’s husband died last night. Last week he called her at work to say he wasn’t feeling right. They took him to our local hospital’s ER where he was diagnosed with vertigo and sent home over the weekend. Tuesday, they went north to the bigger, better hospital where he was correctly diagnosed. He’d been having a stroke the whole time. Strokes are survivable ONLY if the correct medications are administered AS SOON AS POSSIBLE–not four to five days later. So I felt compelled to post a PSA about stroke symptoms. Know them. And if you think you may be having one and a doctor says otherwise, get an IMMEDIATE second opinion!
From the National Stroke Association:
Use FAST to remember the warning signs:
FACE:Ask the person to smile.
Does one side of the face droop?
Ask the person to raise both arms.
Does one arm drift downward?
Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase.
Is their speech slurred or strange?
If you observe any of these signs,
call 9-1-1 immediately.
NOTE THE TIME WHEN ANY SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEAR. If given within three hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. There are also two other types of stroke treatment available that might help reduce the effects of stroke. Read more about stroke treatment.
Learn as many stroke symptoms as possible so you can recognize stroke as FAST as possible. Click here to download the FAST Wallet Card to keep a reminder of stroke warning signs with you wherever you go!
Stroke symptoms include:
- SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
- SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have any of these symptoms
Note the time you experienced your first symptom.
This information is important to your healthcare provider and can affect treatment decisions.