Why You Need to Act Fast in the Event of a Stroke
When a stroke occurs, the body’s blood flow to the brain stops. Every minute a stroke goes untreated, a person loses around 1.9 million neurons, causing a person to lose memories, ability to move and speak, and so much more according to the National Stroke Association. This is why it is critical that the general public, and especially caregivers and families with seniors, raise awareness about the need to act fast and the warning signs of a stroke.
Get to know FAST
FAST is an acronym lauded by the American Stroke Association that provides an easy way to identify and remember the most common symptoms of a stroke. Here’s a breakdown:
F – Stands for FACE: In the event of a stroke, ask your patient to smile. Does one side of their face droop downwards?
A– Stands for Arms: Ask your client to raise both arms. Does one arm go downwards?
S – Stands for Speech: Ask you client to repeat a phrase, like “My name is ____”. Does their speech sound strange or slurred? Can they repeat it at all?
T – Stands for Time: If you follow the first 3 steps of “FACE” and notice any warning sign, don’t waste any more time and call 911!
A stroke can happen to not only your client, but even older adults such as yourself, and teens! There was in fact a 44 percent increase in stroke in Americans under 45 years old last year. This is why it is so important that you educate yourself, your client, their family and your own family and friends to seek medical attention as soon as possible. It can save your life, and also prevent yourself or loved ones from becoming disabled following a stroke.