Every minutes matters in stroke care; neurons are lost every minute that passes without treatment. A person who receives emergency care within 60 minutes has a significantly better chance of survival and recovery. Although stroke is the third leading cause of death, many people are unaware of the warning signs. Fewer than five percent of people make it to a hospital in time to receive optimal care.
But, you have to BE FAST. Learn the signs and symptoms of stroke:
Balance. Sudden loss of balance
Eyes. Sudden lost of vision in one or both eyes.
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?
Slur. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Are the words slurred or strange?
Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
Call 911 immediately if you or someone is experiencing warning signs of a stroke.