First Aid Steps For When You Think Someone Is Having A Stroke

  • A stroke can result in loss of balance or consciousness. If you think you or someone around you is having a stroke, follow the first aid steps listed below:
  • 1. Call for emergency medical help immediately. If you’re having stroke symptoms, have someone else call for you. Stay as calm as possible while waiting for emergency help.
  • 2. Make sure the person is in a safe, comfortable position. Preferably, this should be lying on one side with their head slightly raised and supported in case they vomit.
  • 3. Keep a check on their breathing. If they’re not breathing, perform CPR. If they’re having difficulty breathing, loosen any constrictive clothing, such as a tie or scarf.
  • 4. Talk to them in a calm, reassuring manner.
  • 5. Cover them up with a cloth or a blanket to keep them warm.
  • 6. Don't give them anything to eat or drink.
  • 7. If the person is showing any signs of pain or weakness in a limb, avoid moving them.
  • 8. Keep an eye for any change in the person's condition. Let the emergency operator know about the symptoms, when they started and if they hit their head or fell.

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