Stroke is an emergency. Use BE FAST to remember the warning signs of stroke.
Balance: Does the person have a sudden loss of balance? Are they having trouble walking?
Eyes: Is the person having blurred vision or trouble seeing out of one or both eyes?
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time: If they have any of these symptoms, it’s time to call 911.
The faster stroke is treated, the more likely the person is to recover. If you or someone you’re with may be having a stroke, pay attention to the time when symptoms began. Some treatment options are most effective when given soon after a stroke begins.
What is a stroke?
A stroke, sometimes called a “brain attack,” can happen when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. Stroke can also happen when a blood vessel in the brain is damaged or bursts. During a stroke, brain cells can’t receive oxygen and begin to die. When this happens, the brain has difficulty with basic functions like memory, speech and movement.
What are the different types of stroke?
What are the risk factors for stroke?
Can you recover from stroke?
Presbyterian Hospital is a certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center (PSC). This certification is offered by The Joint Commission.