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A stroke affects blood flow supplying oxygen and nutrients to the brain. After a stroke, brain tissue is literally starving for oxygen, so every minute counts. A stroke is considered a major emergency, and prompt treatment is the most effective way to help reduce the chance of brain damage or even death.

BE FAST to Save Lives:

  • BALANCE LOSS: Ask the person if they have had any loss of balance. Warning sign – Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • EYE SIGHT CHANGES: Ask the person if they have had any trouble with vision. Warning sign – Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • FACE: Ask the person to smile. Warning sign – One side of the face does not move as well as the other.
  • ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Warning sign – One arm does not move or one arm drifts.
  • SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, such as “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Warning sign – Person slurs words or cannot speak.
  • TIME: Find out when the person was last observed well. Advantage – More advanced treatment options may be available if medical care is received within three hours of the start of symptoms.

Do not ignore these warning signs, even if they go away. Stroke is a serious medical emergency, and time can make a huge difference in your outcome.

For more information about stroke care at Phoebe, call 229-312-5273.