FAST keyword in Stroke diagnosis
How to tell if a person has suffered a stroke
A stroke can leave the sufferer with more than one disability for the rest of their life, or even kill them fairly instantly.
When I was 19 my Mum, who was aged just 55, suffered a severe stroke. Through her Doctor's incompetence she did not receive treatment until her health was so damaged that she was left semi-paralysed, unable to utter but a few words. After three years, which saw my poor Mum suffer more than anyone really should, she passed away, fighting until the end.
With age and experience I have learned not to just accept a Doctor's blase diagnosis down a telephone line.
If you think that someone may have suffered a stroke get help and get it fast. Ring an ambulance by calling 911 in the USA, and 999 in the UK
REMEMBER - The quicker you act, the more of the person you will save, and I know all too well how true that is.
For me, the advice is very personal. It could have made my Mum's prognosis so very different. I hope I never suffer a stroke but, as my Mum's sister and their Mother, suffered the same fate, who knows. Looking after yourself can improve your chances but of course genetics play a part.
When a person suffers a stroke time is of the essence.
Quickly detecting a stroke and getting the appropriate treatment is vital. The speed of receiving treatment will have a marked effect on the outcome.
So to repeat and stress:-
The quicker the stroke is diagnosed, the more of the person that can be saved
In recent years the UK has seen a huge television advertising campaign, aimed at helping people recognise the signs and symptoms of a stroke. These adverts have tried to make sure that each and everyone one of us remembers the slogan, associates it with the signs and symptoms of a stroke, and quickly gets help when necessary.
The slogan is F.A.S.T and so these letters will be the 1-2-3-4 of this simple guide.
F - Step 1
Additional symptoms could also be:-
These symptoms could also be a sign that the person has had a mini-stroke or TIA.
Some of the Stroke risk factors.
As usual this simple how to guide ended up rather longer than anticipated.
However the one message we hope to get across is F.A.S.T.
Please remember to check for the symptoms if necessary, as young and old can unfortunately suffer a stroke.
You could save some-one's life or perhaps someone may save YOURS.