Recognizing the Signs of Stroke- F.A.S.T. Response

Stroke is the fifth largest cause of disability and death in the United States. Everyone has to be informed of the warning signs of stroke since it can happen to anyone at any age or time. Every minute that a stroke remains untreated, 1.9 million brain cells, on average, die.

Quick action increases survival rates and lowers disability rates. By dialing 911 and contacting Lenox Medical Clinic, someone having stroke symptoms may get treatment before medical professionals reach the hospital.

Recognizing the signs of stroke: F.A.S.T. response

The American Heart Association, National Stroke Association, and other organizations use the acronym FAST (Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech problems, and Time) to educate the public regarding how to recognize stroke symptoms. 

Stroke symptoms such as facial drooping, arm paralysis, and difficulty speaking have been reported by both men and women.

Other common signs for both genders include issues with sight in one or both eyes and problems with balance or coordination.

Women may also go through:

  • General weakness
  • Confusion, disorientation, or memory issues
  • Fatigue, nauseousness, or vomit

However, certain signs of stroke in women might be undetected or ignored due to their complexity. This could lead to delays in obtaining critical, life-saving therapies.

What are silent strokes?

Undetected strokes are known as silent strokes. They occur when a blockage in a blood artery in the brain forces cells to die without any obvious signs or warning indications.

A “silent infarct,” an area of tissue death in the brain, is present in around one-fourth of adults over the age of 80. With age, smoking, and a family history of vascular disease (diseases that damage your blood vessels), the problem becomes more common.

Signs of warning stroke (mini-stroke)

The public often refers to a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which is a warning stroke, as a mini-stroke.

The symptoms of TIA, a medical emergency, are similar to those of ischemic and hemorrhaging strokes. Most symptoms of TIA last only a few minutes to 24 hours; therefore, people tend to ignore and avoid taking them seriously.

About 15% of strokes are caused by TIAs, which are often referred to as “warning strokes” because they have been linked to later TIAs, full-blown strokes, or additional cardiac problems. Early actions to lower risk are crucial because most of these long-term health issues show up just days or weeks after the TIA.