Do you know the warning signs of stroke?
Each year, more than 800,000 people in the United States experience a stroke. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of stroke early. If administered within the first three hours of symptom onset, FDA-approved clot buster drugs have shown to reduce long-term disability in many stroke patients.
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke:
- Facial Drooping — Ask the individual to smile. Is one side of his or her face drooping downward?
- Arms — Next, ask him or her to raise both arms and note whether one drifts downward.
- Slurred or Strange Speech — Finally, ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is it correct? Is his or her speech difficult to understand?
- Time — If someone has these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Don’t put off medical attention, even if the symptoms disappear.
Approximately 80 percent of strokes are preventable, and making lifestyle changes can help lower a person’s chances of having a stroke, including exercising regularly, quitting smoking, eating healthier, managing cholesterol and blood pressure, and managing atrial fibrillation.
View the infographic below to learn more about the signs and symptoms of stroke.
If you would like more information on stroke, risk factors or treatment, schedule an appointment with a health care provider or learn more at KentuckyOne Health Stroke Care.