The most obvious signs someone is having a stroke is;
- Facial weakness
- Arm weakness
- Difficulty with speech
You can remember these signs if you think F.A.S.T.
- Face – Does their face look uneven?
Ask them to smile
- Arm – Does their arm drift down?
Ask them to raise both arms
- Speech – Does their speech sound strange?
Ask them to repeat a simple phrase like Vinaka Vakalevu.
- Time – Is critical. Act fast and seek help
The quicker you act, the better your chances of recovery
Another handy way to remember the warning signs is to look for D.A.N.G.E.R
- Dizziness resulting in loss of balance and coordination;
- Altered behaviour and unusual sudden strong bursts of anger or hostility;
- Numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm, leg or one side of the body;
- Garbled speech or confused thinking or understanding;
- Eye problems, loss of sight in one or both eyes or double vision;
- Responses to stimulus is slow
Some other signs of stroke may include one, or a combination of:
- Headache, usually severe and abrupt onset or unexplained change in the pattern of headaches
- Difficulty swallowing