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Stroke – How much do you know?

Stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when blood flow to the brain is restricted, usually the result of clogged arteries leading to the brain.

When the brain is starved of oxygen-rich blood, damage begins to occur within minutes. That’s why taking immediate action is crucial.

Stroke symptoms appear suddenly and include numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; confusion or trouble speaking; vision problems; a loss of balance or coordination; or an intense headache that comes out of nowhere.

Be FAST to identify a stroke:

Face: Does one side droop?
Arms: Can the person raise both arms? Does one drift down?
Speech: Is speech slurred? Can the person repeat a phrase clearly?
Time: Call 9-1-1 so medication can be administered in time to stop further damage and increase the chances for a healthy recovery. Never hesitate to call 9-1-1.