Be prepared to recognize stroke and take immediate action
Waiting to see if the symptoms go away is not an option.
The brain is under attack every second of a stroke. Your immediate action can have a lasting impact.
Do you think you could identify common signs of stroke?
You might know the BE FAST* signs of stroke: Balance loss, Eyesight loss, Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911
A SUDDEN ONSET of the following symptoms may indicate stroke*
|SYMPTOMS A LOVED ONE MAY EXPERIENCE||SIGNS YOU MAY NOTICE|
|Unable to understand what is happening, can't think clearly or feel thrown off||A puzzled look, a hard time focusing, trouble making decisions|
2. DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING
|Unable to comprehend speech or language||Raised or wrinkled eyebrows, shaking their head “no.” Unsteady or woozy|
|Feeling faint, lightheaded, or like the room is spinning||Unsteady movements (like they have motion sickness), like they are drunk (without having any alcohol)|
4. LOSS OF BALANCE
|Unstable with less coordination||Wobbling around, grabbing onto a stationary object|
|A tingling sensation in the body (i.e. face, arm, or leg), like pins and needles||Constant touching, massaging, or shaking of the numb areas|
6. SEVERE HEADACHE
|Pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck with no known cause||Touching their head or rubbing their temples, sensitivity to light|
7. TROUBLE SPEAKING
|Unable to speak or slurred speech||Sentences that can’t be understood, difficulty having a conversation|
8. TROUBLE WALKING
|Stumbling or unable to walk straight||Tripping over nothing|
9. VISION CHANGES
|Blurred vision or trouble with eyesight in one or both eyes||Squinting or rubbing their eyes, not able to read|
|Lack of strength in the face, arm, or leg—especially on one side of the body||Wanting to sit or lay down, difficulty doing simple tasks|
*Note that these symptoms or a combination of them are not unique to stroke, but if they are sudden and out of the ordinary, they may indicate a sign of stroke and require immediate attention.
Call your local emergency services immediately if you think you or someone near you is having a stroke. Download the list.
*BE FAST was developed by Intermountain Healthcare, as an adaptation of the FAST model implemented by the American Stroke Association. Reproduced with permission from Intermountain Healthcare. © 2011, Intermountain Healthcare.