If you have a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Stroke is a Medical Emergency
If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time of when any of the symptoms first appear. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member.
Know the Signs & Symptoms of Stroke with B.E. F.A.S.T.
Even though strokes are the leading cause of long-term adult disability and the number five killer in America, many people are not able to recognize the signs and symptoms when stroke strikes. People may also not realize that with a stroke, time lost is brain lost.
A stroke occurs when a vessel in the brain is blocked by a clot or ruptures. During a stroke blood flow is cut off, brain tissue is starved for oxygen and parts of the brain die. The more time that passes between when a stroke starts and a person receives treatment increases the chances for brain function to be permanently lost. This is why when a stroke strikes it is critical that the person experiencing symptoms receives medical attention and an accurate diagnosis fast.
MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center encourages everyone to learn the signs and symptoms of stroke with B.E. F.A.S.T.
- B: Balance – sudden loss of balance and coordination
- E: Eyes – sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision
- F: Face drooping – face drooping on one side or numbness
- A: Arm or leg weakness – numbness especially on one side of the body
- S: Speech difficulty – sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- T: Time – stroke is a medical emergency, call 911 immediately and note the time of the first symptom
Recognizing the B.E. F.A.S.T. symptoms, calling 911 and noting the time of the first symptom can improve chances of stroke recovery and even save a life.
Ask your physician for tips on managing your current health conditions to reduce your risk for stroke. Take charge of your health, so you not only know how to reduce your risk, but can recognize the signs of stroke.