A stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), can be life-threatening if not medically treated in a quick timeline. Knowing the warning signs can save not only your life but the life of your loved ones. Below you will find some of the signs and symptoms of a stroke. This information will allow you to quickly identify if an individual is having a stroke and what the best plan of action is to take.
Types of Stroke
There are two different types of strokes that can occur. One type is called an ischemic stroke. This is caused by a clot that forms in an artery and blocks blood flow. The other type of stroke is a hemorrhagic stroke which occurs when a weakened blood vessel bursts or an aneurysm. This type of stroke is less common; however, it accounts for most of stroke-related deaths.
F- Facial drooping. Evidenced by one side of the face drooping compared to the other side. Ask the person to smile and check for asymmetry.
A- Arm Weakness. One arm becomes paralyzed and the individual is unable to lift it or cannot move it as much compared to their other arm.
S- Slurred Speech. Ask the person to say a simple phrase such as, “The sky is blue.” A person who is having a stroke may be unable to speak or have slurred speech.
T- Time to call 911. When the first signs of a stroke are present, calling 911 as quickly as possible. Pay attention to what time the signs and symptoms started.
Additional Signs of Stroke
- Sudden changes in vision or trouble seeing.
- Sudden onset of a severe headache with no known cause.
- Sudden difficulty walking or falling over.
- Sudden numbness in the arm, leg, or face on one side of the body.
- Sudden disorientation or confusion.
The most important tip to remember if someone you know begins to demonstrate the signs and symptoms of a stroke is to call 911 immediately. Tell the operator you think the individual is having a stroke. Record the time that the symptoms began in order to tell the medical staff upon arrival. This could be lifesaving. At Sage Outpatient, we specialize in the treatment of individuals who have suffered a stroke. We have trained physical, occupational, and speech therapists in stroke rehabilitation. If you or your loved one is a stroke survivor and wants more information on our program, give us a call at 225-906-4097.