Methuen Fire Department Stroke Information
Signs of a Stroke - F.A.S.T. Warning Signs
Face: Does one side of your face droop?
Arms: Raise both arms. Does one drift down?
Speech: Does your speech sound strange or slurred?
Time: CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
A YES to the first question and a yes to any of the following three questions should heighten your suspicion of stroke as a possible cause of the patient's condition:
Sudden: Did the patient's symptoms happen suddenly and without an explanation such as trauma or intoxication?
Altered: Does the patient present altered mental status?
Vision: Is the patient experiencing sudden vision problems?
Equilibrium: Does the patient have an altered equilibrium or vertigo?
If you have any questions about strokes and related issues, please consult your physician. CALL 911 IN ANY EMERGENCY SITUATION.