Recognize Stroke Symptoms and then Be FAST !
Recognize Stroke Symptoms and then Be FAST !

Be FAST when Stroke Happens !

TIME is of essence when a stroke develops. The sooner stroke is recognized and the patient reaches an appropriate stroke treatment facility the better it is. A period of 2-3 hours is said to be the ‘golden hour’ in this context since if proper treatment is provided within this period damage to the brain cells is minimal.

Yet Stroke awareness is VERY limited. To the extent sometimes days can pass after a ‘ Transient Ischemic Attack ” ( A TIA- which is a sign that problems are happening and a more severe stroke attack can happen any time ) before a patient reaches a hospital, usually after a fully developed stroke has happened.

Hence it is VERY important that an emerging stroke is detected fastest. In English, the “FAST” acronym is most frequently used as under :

FACE:Ask the person to smile.Does one side of the face droop ?
ARM : Ask the person to to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward ?
SPEECH : Ask the person to speak a simple sentence. Are the words slurred ? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly ?

And if any of these happens, then T for TIME kicks in:
TIME : Take the patient to a nearest hospital ( preferably that equipped to handle stroke ) as FAST as possible.

Two more symptoms have also been found ( see here study done in 2017 for details ) to indicate a happening / impending stroke and they are added hereunder. So, in English an easy acronym is BE FAST !

Balance : Is the person showing signs of losing balance – difficulty in walking , for example.
Eyes : Is there vision problem – blurred, double vision etc…

Repeating above in Hindi:

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