Stroke symptoms usually come up all of a sudden. When you suspect someone is having a stroke you may refer to the “Think F.A.S.T.” rule.
F – Face – drooping on one side of the face.
A – Arms – weakness or numbness in one arm
S – Speech – slurred speech
T – Time is brain –saving time saves brain cells – time to call 9-1-1
It's important to note the time when you first noticed symptoms, because the care team will ask you what time they began. This will help determine if you are eligible for immediate treatment.
Calling 9-1-1 is vital because the rescue team can begin your care as soon as they arrive. They can also call ahead to the hospital’s emergency department to alert them that you are on the way.
Strokes are largely treatable. Clot busting drugs and medical treatments are available but every second counts. The faster a patient is treated, the more likely they are to recover without permanent disability.