Is it really a stoke?
Everyone should know the signs of stroke. By using the simple acronym F.A.S.T., youll be able to quickly recognize if your loved one may be suffering a stroke. Thats important because it could be a situation where seconds count. Take a few minutes to commit this acronym to memory:
FACE: Ask your loved one to smile and stick out his/her tongue. Does one side of his/her face droop, or does tongue fall to one side?
ARMS: Ask your loved one to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask your loved one to repeat a simple phrase. Does his or her speech sound slurred or strange?
TIME: Time is crucial. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or your loved one has any of these symptoms.