What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when one of the arteries to the brain either is blocked or bursts. As a result, part of the brain does not get the blood and oxygen it needs–and it starts to die.
Here’s how to assess the possibility someone is having a stroke.
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. Make note of the time when the first symptoms appeared.
Why? It’s important to know when symptoms appeared If given within three hours of the first symptom, there is a clot-busting medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.
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