are you familar with FAST?

By ConnieMarie Latest Reply 2012-08-14 12:11:46 -0500
Started 2012-08-13 08:36:46 -0500

A stroke is a brain attack that occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. The first step to prevention is identifying if you have any controllable and uncontrollable risk factors and begin to manage them.

Stroke is an emergency. Treatment may be available if a person reaches the hospital in time. Recognizing warning signs can be easy if you remember to think FAST:

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. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

T=Time If you observe any of these signs, then it's time to call 9-1-1.

Strokes aren't just elderly…it's among the top 10 causes of death in children!

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Carol1950 2012-08-13 13:29:55 -0500 Report

I was home, alone, after a stressful day at work, and I felt sleepy. I had a numbness all over, so I went to take a nap. I got up to go to the bathroom, and immediatly fell down- My right leg, and arm were not working. Lucky my husband was finally home and took me to the ER.

ConnieMarie 2012-08-14 12:11:46 -0500 Report

scarey when that happens…on 12/24/11 i had my b.s. drop to 40..we tried oj & eating some protein…after 30 mins i was at 50…i even downed regular coke…56 so ER was next stop…i walked in…when my sugars drop & spike my bp goes all over…we told the doctor this…i was 256 by that time & bp was up…a PA gave me 4 times the normal dose of a bp med & 90 seconds later i stroked…i had 4 total and the one that really did the damage was on my brain stem…by all rights i should either be a ball of drool or 6 ft under…2 left side & 2 right side…by time the doctor sent me to a hospital with a stroke unit i was outside protocall…i've spent 8 months relearning to walk talk & chew gum. i've tried to get a lawyer for a law suit but no one will take it on because they actually have to work for their paycheck :(

jayabee52 2012-08-13 11:13:46 -0500 Report

Thanks for the reminder Connie!

I noted that not all of the signs have to be present to be having a stroke. If only ONE is present get the person to the ER immediately.

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