Wednesday, April 30, 2008

May: Stroke Awareness Month

You can't mention Brain Health without mentioning that many people ignore signs of a stroke. May is National Stroke Awareness Month, so I thought I would write about the F.A.S.T test.

If you need to recognize signs of a stroke quickly, use these test if you suspect someone might be having a stroke.

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side droop?

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one arm drifting downward?

Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the person repeat the sentence correctly?

Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, times becomes crucial. Call 911 immediately.

No comments: