During the holiday season when we’re surrounded by loved ones of all ages, it’s always a good idea to make sure everyone is schooled in CPR and in recognizing the signs of a stroke. CPR training is available everywhere by the American Heart Association and the Red Cross. F.A.S.T. is a fast, easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can recognize the signs outlined in the F.A.S.T. acronym you’ll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away.
Post this FAST acronym on your refrigerator and put it in your smart phone:
Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “There are 7 days in a week.” Can they repeat the sentence correctly?
Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.
If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. The sooner they receive medical attention, the better the chance of preventing permanent brain damage.