Strike a Stroke - Time to act FAST
- Face drooping: Try to ask the person to smile / show their teeth . If the person tries to smile does one side of the face droop? Check their face ? Has their mouth dropped ?
- Arm weakness: Ask the person to raise both the arms . If the person tries to raise both their arms does one arm drift downward or wavers ?
- Speech difficulty: Try asking the person to say something . It could be as easy as - ' Give me some tea' . Check if the person tries to repeat a simple phrase is their speech slurred or strange? Do they understand you ?
- Time to call help : If any of these signs are observed, contact the emergency services of a hospital and without waiting please rush the patient to the nearest hospital and get them admitted. The usual time that a person has post receiving a stroke is about 3 hours by which if a medical aid is given there are high chances of recovery and being back to normal .
The longer a stroke remains untreated, the greater the chance of stroke related brain damage. Emergency medical treatment soon after symptoms begin improves the chance of survival and successful rehabilitation.
The faster your act, the more of the person you save.
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