Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

March 6, 2019

You might have many risk factors or just a few… but everyone needs to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke, and have a plan to act quickly. Not only can strokes happen to anyone (with the rate of stroke rising for young people), but you might be able to help someone else if you see the symptoms of stroke.

Remember the acronym F.A.S.T. and you can remember the signs of stroke:

F — Face. A stroke will often affect one side of the brain/body, causing lopsidedness. If you think someone is having a stroke, ask them to smile. Does one side of their face droop?

A — Arms. If you are checking for stroke symptoms, ask them to raise their arms. If the arms float instead of being able to reach up, or one arm is limp-ish while the other seems OK, it might be a stroke.

S — Speech. Slurred, mixed up, or otherwise unintelligible speech is a sign of a stroke.

T — Time. If you suspect a stroke, time lost is brain lost. Call for an ambulance so the stroke victim can safe hospital transport ASAP.

The biggest risk factors of a stroke are having unmanaged diabetes and high blood pressure. If you think you’re healthy, make sure to get a simple yearly physical to confirm that you’re still healthy and to catch issues like diabetes and high blood pressure early. Some states have implemented blood pressure screenings at all doctor appointments—even if you’re seeing an unrelated specialist—because of the risk of stroke and the benefit of early intervention.

Exercise, a healthy diet (with cardiovascular supporting supplements like Deep Ocean Krill Oil) and prioritizing sleep can help keep you in good health.

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