Knowing The Signs And Symptoms For Stroke Could Save A Life

Oct 29, 2013

Today is World Wide Stroke Day, an annual event to build awareness for what's typically called a silent killer.

Dr. Jessica Lee, a spokesperson with UK Healthcare, says people need to be aware of typical signs and symptoms that someone is having a stroke.

"Numbness or weakness affecting one side of the body, slurred speech or trouble forming words or understanding what other people are saying to you, sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes or sudden double vision, sudden room spinning vertigo or sudden worse headache of your life.  It's really important to call 9-1-1 and get to the hospital as soon as you can."

Lee says the sooner a person can get medical attention, the better the potential outcome since over a million  brain cells a minute can be killed during a stroke event. 

The American Stroke Association has a short-hand method for remembering these stroke symptoms, F.A.S.T., which stands for Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, and Time to call 9-1-1.