Treat Stroke

Important Information

Strokes occur when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or ruptured depriving brain tissue of oxygen

You could consider a stroke similar to a heart attack but relevant to the brain (brain attack) which is a clog in the brain as opposed to a clog in the heart

There are methods for unclogging strokes in a hospital emergency room so Alert EMS immediately for a suspected stroke patient

Patients having a stroke may complain of or have signs of numbness, paralysis or weakness of the face, arm or leg, often just one side and they may have trouble speaking; They may complain of a severe, unexplained headache or decreased vision in one or both eyes

Treat a stroke as a medical emergency; Follow primary care procedures

Patient Care; Stroke

STOP - Assess and observe the scene
THINK - Consider your safety and form action plan
ACT - Check responsiveness, look for a medical alert tag and Alert EMS

FAST - Stroke Warning Signs

Face: facial weakness - can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
Arm: does it show weakness? - can the person raise both arms?
Speech: problems - can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
Time: time to call EMS

More About Stroke

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