According to the American Stroke Association, patients who arrive at the emergency room within three hours of their first symptoms often have less disability three months after a stroke than those whose treatment is delayed.
However, according to a recent survey, only 38% were aware of all the major symptoms and knew to call 911 when someone was having a stroke.
How do you know if someone is having a stroke? What’s the quickest way to tell?
Give them the FAST test:
Face: Have them smile. Does their face droop on one side?
Arms: Have them raise both arms. Does one drift down?
Speech: Have them repeat a simple phrase. Do they slur or speak abnormally?
Time: Time is of the essence. See any of the signs above? Call 91l.
Strokes cost the United States about $34 billion each year in health care services, medicine and missed days of work. Learn about stroke policies available through your association and AMBA that can help you avoid potentially high costs Medicare might not cover.
Meanwhile, commit FAST to memory. It could save someone’s life.