April 22, 2009

Stop Stroke in its Tracks

Strokes are the third leading cause of death. Until recently everyone sat around and looked and waited - thinking there was nothing anyone could do. Now there is help, and the faster we recognize the symptoms and get help, the better chance that person has to recover.

Stroke symptoms can be vague, but these tips will help us to act FAST.

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one drift down?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Are the words slurred or incorrect?
Time: If you see any of these symptoms, act FAST. Call 911. Brain cells are dying.

I hope you never need to know this, but if you do, you will be so glad you did act FAST.


Elaine said...

Thanks for the simple formula to remember. As we get older we definitely have to keep the possiblity of a stroke in mind and remember what to do. I love the photo you chose to go along with this. It has a beautiful serene quality to it.

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful flower photo! And that's very good info about stroke symtpons you provided. Thank you!