4 quick steps to help a stroke victim FAST!
How to help a stroke victim FAST!
Stroke is one of Australia’s leading causes of temporary and permanent disability and kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
A stroke occurs from a sudden blood clot or ruptured blood vessel limiting blood flow to the brain which results in impaired strength and function on one side of the body. Therefore, most stroke victims will have some disability to manage.
The earlier a stroke is detected and treated by medical services, the better the chance of recovery and minimizing permanent disability.
The Stroke Foundation of Australia promotes F.A.S.T. to help people recognize the symptoms of a stroke and act fast!
F.A.S.T. stands for:
Look for drooping. Can they smile?
Can they raise both arms equally?
Is it slurred or can they speak at all?
…to act! If you recognize any of the above signs, call 000 and make the person comfortable while you wait for the ambulance to arrive. If unconscious, lay them down, on the stroke-affected side.