Someone in the US has a stroke about once every 40 seconds It's the fifth leading cause of death, killing over 150,000 people per year. Time is of the essence when someone you know experiences a stroke, says Maureen Stull, R.N., Stroke Program Coordinator at Marin General Hospital, Today on Women's Magazine, we talk with Maureen about how to recognize and respond to strokes in yourself or others. For more information on stroke prevention and treatment check the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Learn the warning signs and symptoms of someone suffering from a stroke, so that you can BE FAST in getting them help!
Does the person have a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
Has the person lost vision in one or both eyes, or are they experiencing dramatic vision changes?
Does the person's face look uneven? Ask the person to smile. Look for facial droop or a lopsided grin.
Is one arm hanging down? Have the person close his/her eyes and hold both arms out with palms facing up. Look to see if one arm drifts down, or if he/she experiences numbness, weakness, tingling, or inability to move an arm or leg.
Is the person's speech slurred? Are they having trouble understanding you? Check to see if the person has trouble speaking, seems confused or is not able to talk at all.
Call 911 NOW and go to the hospital immediately! Note the time the symptoms started, or the last time the person was known to be well. This is important information for the medical team treating the patient.
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