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Signs, Symptoms and what to do during a Stroke.

In 2016, the Heart and Stroke foundation report revealed that there are 62,000 strokes in Canada each year. An appalling one stroke per 9 minutes. During a stroke, every minute counts and can lessen the damage that may occur to the brain!

Here are a few signs and symptoms of an oncoming stroke so that you or your loved one can be informed and act quickly!

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Sudden Numbness (in arms, legs, face, especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden Confusion
  • Sudden trouble seeing
  • Sudden trouble walking and dizziness
  • Sudden severe headache

In order to reduce any further brain damage, you need to act F.A.S.T.

F (FACE) – Ask this person to smile for you. Does one side of their face drops?

A (ARMS) – Request this person to lift up both of their arms. Are they having any difficulty? Does one arm drift downward?

S (SPEECH) –  Ask this person to repeat to you a simple phrase, do they have trouble

T (TIME) – If any of these signs are present, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible!

The most important steps to take when a Stroke happens are the ones after. It is vital that these signs and symptoms are tested in order to reduce any further damage to the brain. It is crucial to get professional help immediately after!