Stroke is the term doctors use when a part of the brain dies because it goes without blood for too long. Strokes can happen when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off, because an artery in the brain gets clogged or closes off, or an artery in the brain starts bleeding.
Stroke is a medical emergency
Getting immediate medical attention for stroke is crucial. If you or someone near you is showing any warning signs of a stroke, act FAST and CALL 911 right away.
Use FAST to remember the warning signs:
FACE Ask the person to smile. Warning sign – One side of the face does not move as well as the other.
ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Warning sign – One arm drifts or does not move.
SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Warning sign – Person slurs words or cannot speak.
TIME If you observe ANY of these warning signs, call 911 immediately. Don’t delay! Patients who arrive at the emergency room within three hours of their first symptoms have much better survival rates and much lower degrees of disability.