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Recognizing the Signs of a Stroke

April 13th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized

A stroke is a scary thing for everybody involved. It’s important to know what to do in the event of one and recognizing the signs can help alleviate some of the stress involved. By understanding the signs, you’ll be able to properly respond in a quick and efficient manner. Here are major signs you can recognize to help you act F.A.S.T:

F: Face drooping.
A: Arm weakness.
S: Speech problems
T: Time to call 9-1-1!

Weakness

If a person feels weak in any of their limbs, ask them if they can move them. If they exhibit little or zero movement in those limbs and are having trouble walking it could be a sign. If they describe numbness or a “pins and needles” feeling it could also be a sign and you should react accordingly.

Severe Headache

If someone is complaining of abnormal headache pain or dizziness it should be noted that this can also be a sign that something is wrong. This is especially true if they begin to slur their words or have trouble articulating in any way.

Behavioral Changes

If a person has a sudden personality shift such as extreme anger or sadness, suffer from sudden memory loss or are easily confused by things that were never a problem for them before, consider getting help right away.

Face Drooping

If you are unsure if a person is having a stroke, ask them to smile. If one half of their face does not move, they are experiencing numbness in on half of their face and need to be escorted to the hospital immediately.

Vision Problems

If a person has stated that they have lost control of their eyes, known as involuntary eye movement, this is a major sign of trouble. If they are experiencing major vision changes like sudden blurriness or general trouble with their eyesight, consider getting help for them.

Trouble Swallowing

If the person is having trouble swallowing water or food and you suspect a stroke, have them empty their mouths and seek help immediately.

Remember that it’s normal to be scared or worried if you identify any signs but try to keep calm. The first thing you should do is call 911 immediately. The emergency services will arrive as fast as possible and bring them to the emergency room. Consider contacting Loved Ones, we can provide proper at home care for those closest to you and provide the peace of mind that expertly trained staff are keeping your loved ones safe.


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