The Warning Signs Of A Stroke

The Warning Signs Of A Stroke

Stroke Awareness MonthDo You Know How To Respond? Act FAST

May is Stroke Awareness Month. To commemorate the month, learn how to act FAST in response to a stroke.

A stroke is an attack on the brain. It happens when a blood clot blocks one of your arteries or a blood vessel breaks. This interrupts blood flow to part of your brain, and brain cells in that area begin to die. Fortunately, there is an FDA-approved medication that can break up a blood clot to reduce your long-term disability after a stroke if it is administered within the first three hours of a stroke. Consequently, knowing how to recognize a stroke right away is crucial. Use FAST to recognize the signs of a stroke.

  • F- FACE: If you think a person might be experiencing a stroke, ask him or her to smile. Observe his or her face. If one side of it droops, that is a warning sign.
  • A- ARMS: Ask the person to raise his or her arms out to either side of his or her body. If one arm tends to drift downward, he or she might be experiencing a stroke.
  • S- SPEECH: Ask the individual to repeat a simple statement after you. Note if their speech seems slurred or strange in any way, as that can indicate a stroke.
  • T- TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 right away. Time is of the essence in protecting a person experiencing a stroke, so act FAST. Do not be afraid you are making a mistake; it is always better safe than sorry.

Rehabilitation after a stroke is possible, but it can be time, energy, and money consumptive. To protect yourself, make sure that you are carrying a great health insurance policy that will step in. For the best coverage, contact Employee Benefit Plans Inc. Located in Greenwood Village, we are here to see to all of your health care needs so you can have peace of mind that you will be able to get the treatment you need to get back to normal after a stroke.