The Main Signs & Symptoms of a Stroke – F-A-S-T

A close relative of mine recently sucumb to the cruel effects of a Major Stroke that left her incapacitated for 3 years prior.

The following article is taken from guidlines offered directly by the NHS and supported by our friends Live-in Care Specialists IP Home Care, advice I am sure has and will continue to save lives and imrove recovery prospects from this cruel injury.

F-A-S-T

F – Face Drooping

One of the most commonly noticed signs of a stroke is the face drooping or numbness. This typically occurs on one side of the face, and can occur on either side depending on which side of the body is affected.

A – Arm Weakness

This goes along the same idea as the face drooping. This arm weakness can also take the form of numbness instead. Again, this usually only affects one side of the body depending on how the stroke is affecting the person.

S – Speech Difficulty

Slurred speech, being unable to speak, unable to form proper sentences can all be signs of speech difficulty related to a stroke. To check for this sign you simply ask the person to repeat a simple sentence for you. The example given is “The sky is blue.” If they are unable to repeat the sentence to you properly you should be concerned.

T – Time to call 999

If a person shows any of these signs or symptoms, even if they go away you should call 999 and get the person to the hospital immediately.
While the signs listed here tend to be the most common they are not the only signs, if you think there could be something wrong with your loved one then it is better to be safe rather than be sorry. Get them to the hospital to be looked at as soon as you can to ensure their safety and the best chance for them to recover.

The quicker you act, the more of the person you save