Learn to recognize the signs of a stroke, and activate EMS immediately if you believe someone may be suffering from a stroke. Remember FAST:
Facial weakness – can the person smile? Is there drooping of the mouth or one or both eyes?
Arm weakness – can the person raise both arms?
Speech problems – can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
Time is critical – call 9-1-1 to activate EMS.
Make a note of the time the symptoms started or the patient was seen to be normal.
Disclaimer: The Emergency Guide is provided as a reference only. Every effort has been taken to acquire and publish accurate information provided by medical authorities. In case of emergency, always call or have someone CALL 9-1-1.