Strokes don’t have to be a death sentence if you act FAST
by The Press and Standard | May 11, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: May 8, 2019 at 1:55 pm
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a major cause of disability in adults in the U.S.
Stroke takes the lives of approximately 130,000 Americans each year and on average, one American dies from stroke every four minutes. These are startling statistics, but by acting F-A-S-T, at the first sign of stroke, you can greatly increase your chance of survival. When it comes to stroke, every minute counts. The sooner you get treated, the better your chance of survival and recovery.
“Strokes can happen to anyone, at any age and knowing what to do is imperative,” said Dr. Chris Corbit, MD, FACEP, medical director of the Colleton Emergency Department. “A stroke occurs when a portion of the brain is deprived of oxygen or blood. That piece of the brain either dies or significantly malfunctions as a result,” said Corbit.
If someone is having a stroke, think and act F-A-S-T:
F: Face: Watch for facial drooping. Ask the person to smile and see if one side of the face droops.
A: Arms: Is their arm weak? Ask them to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S: Speech: Look out for slurred speech. Ask them to repeat a simple phrase, such as: “The sky is blue.” Can he or she do it?
T: Time: If you notice any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Even if the symptoms go away, still call for help.