Stroke: Recognize the Signs


...elusive dreamer
Apr 5, 2009
Stroke: Recognize the Signs

Stroke is often referred to as a brain attack. It is considered the No. 1 cause
of adult disability and the No. 3 cause of death in the United States. It
striking more than 500,000 people every year. A stroke can happen at any age.

It is important to recognize stroke symptoms and act quickly. The effects of a
stroke may include paralysis, poor memory and loss of speech.

Common stroke symptoms seen in both men and women:

-Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg (often on one side of the body)
-Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
-Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
-Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
-Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Women may report unique stroke symptoms:

-Sudden face and limb pain
-Sudden hiccups
-Sudden nausea
-Sudden general weakness
-Sudden chest pain
-Sudden shortness of breath
-Sudden palpitations

The acronym F.A.S.T. is a good way to recommend the signs of a stroke.

FAST stands for:

* Face: This tells you that if a person's face is drooping around the eye or
mouth, this could be a sign of a stroke. If a person's face appears to be
drooping and they are experiencing numbness, they could be having a stroke. Ask
the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

* Arm: This means you should check for arm weakness. A quick test is the
inability to raise both arms over head. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does
one arm drift downward?

* Speech: Check for speech impairment, such as slurred speech or difficulty
repeating simple phrases. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the
words slurred? Can they repeat the sentence correctly?

* Test: This is a reminder that if you do suspect a stroke, use the FAST method
and seek medical attention. If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is

Spotting a stroke in a timely manner could allow clot-busting medications to be
administered and other treatments to begin. If symptoms are spotted within three
hours of onset, these people might be eligible for clot-busting medication.

One of the problems with stroke symptoms is that many people ignore them. For
some, it's too late when they get to the hospital to do effective treatment
options. People often think their symptoms are a big deal.

The first few minutes of a stroke are critical. Call 911, and seek attention
right away.



Active member
Jul 11, 2011
My hubby had a TIA/mild stroke about 10 months ago, and the only way I recognized that he had had it was that I was talking to him and he didn't know what I was talking about when I asked him a simple question that he would have known,I said to him I think you have had a mild stroke and took him straight to the hospital, where he was kept in over night for observation, and tests the next morning. he had headaches daily for about six months after that, and he said that he felt like he was going blind when it happened, the only trouble he has now is that he forgets things easily.
The terrible thing too was that the physician he saw after the hospital gave him a script for some amitriptyline, for his headaches, and if he had of taken them it would have killed him because he has low blood pressure and bradycardia, and they are not to be taken if you have this.