Stroke of Genius
How To Help Someone Suffering From A Stroke
Think FAST: Know the Signs of a Stroke and How to Help
Arm - Arm weakness is a sign of a stroke. Have the person hold out his or her arms in front of their body, parallel to the ground. Does one arm fall lower than the other? Is one arm numb?
Speech - Speech difficulty is a sign of a stroke. Have the person say simple sentences, such as "The President lives in the White House" and listen for slurred speech or difficulty speaking.
Time - Call 9-1-1 immediately if the person shows signs of stroke. If the person shows any signs of stroke, take note of the time that the symptoms first appeared and tell the EMS personnel once they appear on the scene.