Bloomington Communications Centers Urges Residents To Make a PACT to ACT F.A.S.T
The Bloomington Communications Center is promoting May as Stroke Month. Stroke is an emergency. You have a plan in case of a fire. You have a plan if a tornado strikes. What is your plan when someone has a Stroke?
Stroke symptoms include:
- SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body.
- SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.
Use the acronym F.A.S.T. to remember the warning signs of stroke.
Take the following PACT to ACT F.A.S.T:
Anytime, anywhere I observe a person with any of the FAST signs of stroke, I will call 9-1-1 immediately, even if the person says they want to wait. I know with stroke every second counts and with every second, the average stroke patient loses 32,000 brain cells.
F—FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A—ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S—SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T—TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
For more information, please visit : www.stroke.org