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FAST: Signs of a Stroke

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

Each year, 130,000 Americans die as a result of a stroke, and many more become permanently disabled because of it. These devastating effects can be mitigated or even prevented if action is taken as soon as symptoms of a stroke start to appear. Some of those include:

  • Trouble speaking or understanding things
  • Weakness or numbness on only one side of the body
  • Difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes
  • A migraine or severe headache that occurs without reason
  • Dizziness or loss of balance


It’s important to note that these symptoms tend to appear out of nowhere and with no known cause. Because there’s a number of other medical conditions that can also cause these signs to manifest suddenly, there’s an easy test you can do to see if someone is truly having a stroke. It can be quickly remembered with the following acronym: F.A.S.T.:

  • FACE – One of the first warning signs of a stroke is a drooping face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face appear lopsided?
  • ARMS – Ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward when both arms are raised, this may be a good indicator of a stroke.
  • SPEECH – Have the person try to say a simple phrase, such as “The grass is green.” If speech is slurred or if you can’t understand them at all, a stroke may be occurring.
  • TIME – Acting FAST is extremely important – If you notice any of the signs listed above, call 911 immediately.

If you or a loved one have already had a stroke, Bellin Health Home Care Equipment is here for you. We offer ambulatory aids, oxygen supplies and other home medical equipment you assist you in getting back to living an independent life after a stroke.

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