Solutions Monthly Newsletter–6-1-2021- Volume #18

Written by Betsy Ervin–Communications Director

Here is an acrostic that can save your life – or life of a loved one.

Acting F.A.S.T. Is Key for Stroke

Acting F.A.S.T. can help stroke patients get the treatments they desperately need. The stroke treatments that work best are available only if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within 3 hours of the first symptoms. Stroke patients may not be eligible for these if they don’t arrive at the hospital in time. If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do the following 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 the speech slurred or strange?

T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.

Some add BE as in BE FAST:

B— Balance: A sudden loss in co-ordination of legs, which will not allow you to walk straight.

E— Eyes: Double vision, or blurred vision and blindness in one eye. Note the time when any symptoms first appear.

This information helps health care providers determine the best treatment for each person. Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.

Treating a Transient Ischemic Attack (Mild Stroke)

If your symptoms go away after a few minutes, you may have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA). Although brief, a TIA is a sign of a serious condition that will not go away without medical help.

Unfortunately, because TIAs clear up, many people ignore them. But paying attention to a TIA can save your life. Tell your health care team about your symptoms right away.

For more information, see Stroke Symptoms: 15 Early Signs and Warning of Mild Stroke (allhealthpost.com)

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