Knowing the symptoms of a stroke can be life saving. Knowing what to look for allows you to call 911 as soon as possible. The sooner you or someone you know is treated for stroke the better the outcomes may be. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have created an easy to remember acronym to spot the symptoms of a stroke.
Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven or lopsided?
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the person able to correctly repeat the words?
TIME TO CALL 911
If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and say, "I think this is a stroke" to help get the person to the hospital immediately. Time is important! Don't delay, and also note the time when the first symptoms appeared. Emergency responders will want to know.
Men are 25% more likely than women to have a stroke. By the age of 75, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 6 men will have had a stroke, according to the Stroke Association.
Symptoms of stroke are typically the same for Men and Women
- Loss of vision in one or both eyes.
- Numbness or weakness on one side of body.
- Confusing or unable to understand what people are saying.
- Loss of speech or difficulty speaking.
- Sudden headache with no cause.
- Difficulty walking or loss of balance.
If you think you or someone you know if having a stroke call 911 right away! Don't wait for more than five minutes even if you only have one of the above symptoms!