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Stroke Warning Signs
 
Memorize the following warning signs to quickly and accurately recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Remember to act FAST in a stroke emergency as treatment is most effective in the first 3 hours of the first symptom.
Use FAST to remember the warning signs:

F
FACE:
Ask the person to smile.
Does one side of the face droop?

A
ARMS:
Ask the person to raise both arms.
Does one arm drift downward?

S
SPEECH:
Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase.
Is their speech slurred or strange?

T
TIME:
If you observe any of these signs,
Call our emergency number (022 62670555) or consult your family doctor.

Any one of the above may occur in stoke patients.

Because strokes affect the brain's cognitive functions, victims often do not know that they are having a stroke. This is why it is the bystander's duty to take action immediately. If you believe someone is having a stroke (if they lose the ability to smile, talk or move) call our emergency number (022 62670555) and request an ambulance immediately!

Remember the symptoms of stoke:
  • - Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg especially on one side of the body
  • - Sudden trouble speaking, understanding or confusion
  • - Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • - Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • - Sudden onset of a severe headache with no known cause
Treatment is most effective in the first 3 hours of the stroke, so if any of these symptoms occur act fast!


Note: The information provided here is for informational purposes only; this advice is not to be used as expert medical opinion. Please visit Holy Family Hospital regularly to check your risk levels and consult our neurologists for a medical advice.

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