Since February is heart disease awareness month I will continue with the theme of heart awareness.
  1. Spot as stroke F.A.S.T ( All you need to remember is the word fast and relate the symptoms to each letter)
  2. F. > Face drooping. Does one side of the face true or is it now? Ask the person to smile.
  3. A > Arm weakness> is one arm week or now? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  4. S > Speech difficulty- is speech slurred or are they on able to speak at all. Are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, "the sky is blue." Is this sentence repeated correctly?
  5. T > Time to call 911 – if the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately
  6. Other symptoms you should know beyond FAST – sudden numbness or weakness of the face arms or legs especially one side of the body.
  7. Trouble seeing anyone or both eyes
  8. Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  9. Severe headache with no known cause.