A stroke is a terrifying, life-threatening medical emergency that can seem to come almost out of nowhere. The problem can affect many people, including an increasing number of millennials, Scientific American says. If someone is having a stroke, you need to act fast: experts say that if the problem is treated within 3 hours, there is still a good chance of recovery.
There are distinct warning signs that can help you catch the problem in time. The American Stroke Association (partner of the American Heart Association) has come up with an acronym to help you remember the most common symptoms: FAST, which stands for Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, and Time to call 911.
Sometimes an impending stroke will cause a person’s face to literally sag or droop. Other times, the person might just feel numbness of the left side of their body, especially in the face, leg, or arm. If you aren’t sure, ask the person to smile and/or to stick out their tongue. If they’re having a stroke, they’ll have trouble doing these normally simple tasks.
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