Signs of a Stroke
Time is critical when a person has had a stroke. There is a window of time that can be crucial to saving a life and increasing the chances of a full neurologic recovery (if the stroke is the result of a blood clot). Recognizing and immediately reporting a possible stroke is a lifesaving action.
If you suspect that someone is having a stroke, look specifically for the signs included in the Give Me Five test:
Is the person’s balance off?
Is the person’s speech slurred or their face droopy?
Is one side weak or numb?
Is the person’s vision all or partially lost?
Is the person’s headache severe?
If the person has trouble with any one of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
Remember, a stroke victim must be in the Emergency Room for treatment within two hours in order for the diagnostic tests to be completed within the three-hour window.
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