The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association work together, hand in hand, to raise awareness and provide helpful information about preventing strokes. During this cardiovascular disease, a blood vessel that is carrying oxygen to the brain is either blocked by a clot or it bursts, causing the portion of the brain that can’t get oxygen to die. In addition to risk factors like high blood pressure, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, family history and more, they have established four important warning signs. If you see any of the below symptoms in a loved one or friend, call 9-1-1 or get help right away. Always remember the term “fast” if you suspect a stroke.
-Face Drooping: Is one side of the face droopy or numb? Ask the person to smile.
-Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms.
-Speech Difficulty: Is there slurred speech, are they unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence such as, “The sky is blue.”
-Time to Call 9-1-1: If any of these symptoms are present – and even if they go away – get them to a hospital immediately.