Spot a stroke F.A.S.T

“Maybe I just need to take a break for a little bit.”

As the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States according to the American Stroke Association, it’s essential for you to know your risk for stroke, and to recognize the signs so that you or your loved one can receive treatment as quickly as possible.

Sometimes a symptom is subtle and you think, “Maybe I just need to sit down.” Far too often, we ignore symptoms under the assumption that there isn’t anything wrong.

“I’m fine – I just need to sit down.”

It’s important to recognize those signs and symptoms may actually be caused by a possible stroke. When a stroke occurs, parts of the brain don’t receive blood or oxygen, causing brain cells to die. To spot a stroke, it’s essential to B.E. F.A.S.T. Watch this video to learn the signs.

To spot a stroke, B.E. F.A.S.T.
  • B - Balance or coordination loss. Do you notice any trouble walking or standing? Is there any dizziness or feeling like your head is spinning?
  • E - Eyesight trouble. Is there any sudden blurred or lost vision?
  • F – Face drooping: Do you notice that one side of the face droops or feel numbness? Does it look lopsided when your loved one smiles?
  • A – Arm weakness: Does one arm drift down when your loved one has both arms raised? Is there any numbness?
  • S – Speech difficulty: Do you notice any slurred speech? Do you find your love one difficult to understand when he or she says a simple phrase?
  • T – Time to call 911: If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 and seek medical attention immediately.
If you or a loved one are experiencing signs of a stroke, remember to B.E. F.A.S.T. Call 911 and seek immediate medical attention.

Are you or a loved one at risk?

Stroke can be deadly, but there are several risk factors for stroke you can control. Smoking, lack of physical activity, poor diet and obesity are all risk factors for stroke, along with high blood pressure. Take an active role in your health, and know your risk by taking our free health risk assessment.

Take our free risk assessment

There are several things you can do to lower your risk for stroke. Take an active role in your health and watch the video below to learn what you can do to decrease your risk.

Five ways to prevent strokes

Being able to identify the signs of a stroke and knowing where to go in a medical emergency could be the difference in you or your loved one’s recovery, and even save a life. Methodist Healthcare has fifteen neighborhood emergency rooms located throughout the community so that you have access to the care you need when a stroke, traumatic injury or other emergency occurs. Many of our emergency rooms are also accredited stroke centers, offering the latest advancements in stroke intervention and treatment. We work alongside our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) who serve our community, quickly transporting patients in an emergency to ensure they receive expert and compassionate care, fast!

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