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An Important Acronym for Strokes

Would you be able to determine if you or a loved one is suffering from a stroke? It is very important that you know the signs and symptoms. The sooner a stroke patient is treated the better chance there is of avoiding long term damage.

Acronym for Strokes: F.A.S.T.

The “stroke acronym” F.A.S.T. can help you diagnose this condition.

F is for Face: Look to see if one side of the face is drooping.

A is for Arm: Is one arm weak? Is the person able to raise both arms above their head? With a stroke, one arm is usually weaker than the other.

S is for Speech: Is the person having a difficult time speaking? Is he or she confusing you with what they are saying?

T is for Time: Call 911 without delay. Time is of the utmost importance when dealing with a stroke victim.

This acronym for stroke has saved many people from extended bodily harm. If somebody is suffering from one or all of the symptoms above there is a good chance they have had a stroke.

There are other symptoms of stroke including but not limited to: general weakness, sudden dizziness, and sudden difficulties seeing.

Although the first three letters in the stroke acronym are important, you must take the “T” extremely seriously. Many people wait entirely too long to seek medical attention because they don’t want to jump the gun. It is better to be safe than sorry. If somebody is suffering from the symptoms associated with this acronym something is wrong – no matter if it is a stroke or another health concern.

This acronym for stroke can help prevent further damage while also saving lives. If you keep these four letters and meanings in mind, you should be able to quickly diagnose a stroke in a loved one.

 

Signs of Mini Stroke

A mini stroke is a temporary interruption (1 – 2 hours) of blood flow to the brain, also known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

The major difference between a mini stroke and a regular stoke is the amount of time blood flow to the brain is interrupted, since with a regular stroke the interruption is usually permanent.

An Important Warning Sign

Did you know that 20 percent of people who suffer a mini stroke have a stroke within three months?

In many cases, a TIA is a precursor to a full blown stroke. For this reason, know the major signs of mini stroke and seeking medical attention is of utmost importance – even if the symptoms only last for a few minutes and then disappear.

When you know the major signs of TIA you can help make sure your loved ones get the right medical treatment, and possibly avoid more serious medical conditions in the future.  Since a TIA are can be a precursor to a full stoke, it may give medical professionals the opportunity to start treatments to prevent blood clots or to remove fatty deposits from the arteries that supply blood to the brain.

Major Signs of a Mini Stroke

In most cases, a mini stroke affects the part of the brain that controls movement. Similar to a regular stroke, this can lead to difficulties producing speech.

Here are several major signs:

  • Weakness of the arm, leg, and/or face muscles on one side of the body
  • Numbness of the arm, leg, and/or face on one side of the body
  • Difficulties or inability to speak
  • Difficulties understanding others
  • Trouble seeing through one eye
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry or double vision

If you or somebody else experiences one or more of these symptoms, it is imperative to immediately seek medical treatment. The sooner a transient ischemic attack is treated the better chance the patient has of avoiding long term damage.

 

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