DOCTOR TO PATIENT
DR. JUSTIN ADAMS
If someone you know is having a stroke, act FAST!
This doesn’t just mean to move quickly, it’s also an acronym for what to look for, and what to do. F stands for Face. Ask the person to smile and see if one side of the face droops. A refers to Arms. Ask the person to hold their arms up, parallel to the ground, and see if one drifts downward. S is speech. Ask him to repeat a simple phrase, and see if his speech is slurred or strange. T is Time. Call 9-1-1 right away if any of these signs are present, because treatment is most effective if started within the first three hours of symptoms. Don’t drive the affected person to the hospital, because EMS personnel can start treatment right away in an ambulance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a stroke as an event that occurs when something blocks blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death. [Read more…]