Be FAST to identify a stroke (paralysis) and save a life
Stroke is a disease which can give lifetime disability to the patient. It is one of the leading causes of disability and death worldwide. Studies show that up to 80 per cent of strokes can be preventable if the patient reaches the hospital within 4.5 hours. Public awareness and education about stroke are very important, so here, we share some tips which will help you to recognize the stroke symptoms, identify its risk factors and helps to reduce the incidence of stroke with the help of best neurosurgeons, Faridabad.
What is a stroke?
Stroke is a medical condition where blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted due to a blood clot or a ruptured blood vessel within the brain, which causes bleeding. When blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted, the part of the brain that does not get oxygen can die, and the functions it controls, are compromised.
Similar to knowing the signs of a heart attack, it is important to know the signs of a stroke. FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common signs of a stroke which means:
Face – Ask a person to smile. Is one or both sides of the face drooping?
Arms – Ask a person to raise both arms. Does one side drift downward? Is there weakness or numbness on one side?
Speech – Does the person have slurred or garbled speech? Can a person repeat simple phrases?
Time – Time to call the medical emergency.
Symptoms of stroke
- Numbness or weakness on one side of the body
- Trouble speaking or difficulty in understanding language
- Loss of vision
- Trouble walking or dizziness
- A severe headache with no known cause
Dr. Dhruv Zutshi, Consultant Neurologist at Metro Hospital Faridabad said “stroke symptoms typically start suddenly, over seconds to minutes and in most cases do not progress further. Symptoms of stroke depend on the area of the brain affected. The more extensive the area of the brain affected, the more functions that are likely to be lost.” So be ready and be FAST if you recognize the signs of a stroke. Take out a minute and memorize the signs so you can act quickly. Time saves brain, and fast action saves thousands of lives and prevents disability. Metro hospital is also the best heart hospital in Faridabad to provide comprehensive treatment for all cardiac conditions.