Early Warning Signs of Stroke To Help You Act FAST

Stop Strokes FAST

Detecting a stroke early can determine the difference between life and death or irreversible damage to your body.

Though we tend to associate strokes with the older population, especially those above 65 years, the truth is that strokes could happen to anyone. When the body’s blood supply to the brain is interrupted, one can experience a stroke. People with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, arterial diseases, or heart disease are especially at a higher risk. In addition, women who smoke and take birth control pills should be careful of the warnings as well.

When someone is having a stroke, every minute that passes without treatment creates more damaged brain cells. Knowing how to recognize the major symptoms of a stroke is essential so that you can take action immediately and limit the amount of brain damage the victim suffers.

According to the American Stroke Association, a person experiencing a stroke can be treated if people have acted FAST – as 80% of strokes can also be prevented.

Recognition of stroke and calling 9-1-1 can determine how quickly someone receives assistance and treatment. Getting to a hospital rapidly will more likely lead to a better recovery.

FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke.

F FACE: Ask the Person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

At Catholic Health Services, we believe successful rehabilitation after a stroke requires a great deal of compassion, support and encouragement. We provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient programs for those suffering from stroke at both St. Anthony’s and St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospitals.

Our specially trained therapists, nurses, and physicians work to ensure that recovery is maximized, and you or your loved one's return home is seamless. To assist with the transition home and for life after a stroke, we also offer Stroke Support Groups. 

If you or your loved one has been affected by a stroke and you would like to inquire about our programs, please contact us here.

For additional resources and information, be sure to visit the American Stroke Association.

Research provided by the American Stroke Association.