How to recognize the symptoms of a stroke?

  • The symptoms of a stroke may be subtle or severe, depending on the severity of the stroke. To check for the warning signs, use the FAST acronym, which stands for:
  • 1. Face- Is the face numb or does it droop on one side?
  • 2. Arms- Is one arm numb or weaker than the other? Does one arm stay lower than the other when trying to raise both arms?
  • 3. Speech- Is the person's speech slurred or garbled?
  • 4. Time- If any of the above symptoms occur without any other valid explanation, it is time to call the emergency services.
  • Other symptoms can be blurred vision or loss of vision, tingling in one eye, weakness or numbness on one side of the body, nausea, loss of bladder or bowel control, headache, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
  • If you or anyone you know has stroke symptoms, don't take it lightly. Get immediate medical assistance.