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Thursday, September 13, 2012

[AlternativeAnswers] Emergency Medicine: Recognize the Signs of Stroke


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Emergency Medicine: Recognize the Signs of Stroke

Stroke is often referred to as a brain attack. It is considered the
No. 1 cause of adult disability and the No. 3 cause of death in the
United States. It striking more than 500,000 people every year. A
stroke can happen at any age.

It is important to recognize stroke symptoms and act quickly. The
effects of a stroke may include paralysis, poor memory and loss of

Common stroke symptoms seen in both men and women:

-Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg (often 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

Women may report unique stroke symptoms:

-Sudden face and limb pain
-Sudden hiccups
-Sudden nausea
-Sudden general weakness
-Sudden chest pain
-Sudden shortness of breath
-Sudden palpitations

The acronym F.A.S.T. is a good way to recommend the signs of a stroke.

FAST stands for:

• Face: This tells you that if a person's face is drooping around the
eye or mouth, this could be a sign of a stroke. If a person's face
appears to be drooping and they are experiencing numbness, they could
be having a stroke. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the
face droop?

• Arm: This means you should check for arm weakness. A quick test is
the inability to raise both arms over head. Ask the person to raise
both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

• Speech: Check for speech impairment, such as slurred speech or
difficulty repeating simple phrases. Ask the person to repeat a
simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can they repeat the sentence

• Test: This is a reminder that if you do suspect a stroke, use the
FAST method and seek medical attention. If the person shows any of
these symptoms, time is important.

Spotting a stroke in a timely manner could allow clot-busting
medications to be administered and other treatments to begin. If
symptoms are spotted within three hours of onset, these people might
be eligible for clot-busting medication.

One of the problems with stroke symptoms is that many people ignore
them. For some, it's too late when they get to the hospital to do
effective treatment options. People often think their symptoms are a
big deal.

The first few minutes of a stroke are critical. Call 911, and seek
attention right away.

Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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