Would you know how to spot a stroke? BE FAST

If you know the signs of stroke and seek medical care immediately, your chances of living a normal life through recovery and rehabilitation increase significantly.

But how do you spot a stroke? Remember this acronym: BE FAST

Balance is suddenly off.

Eyesight changes in one or both eyes.

BrainMagnetFace droops on one side.

Arm drifts downward when raised.

Speech is slurred.

Time is critical: Call 911 immediately.

Your risk of stroke is higher if you:

  • Have history of stroke in the family
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Smoke
  • Have diabetes
  • Are overweight
  • Do not exercise
  • Drink too much alcohol

In addition to the risks above, women need to know their risk of stroke is higher if they:

  • Are taking birth control pills
  • Are currently pregnant
  • Are taking hormones to relieve menopause symptoms
  • Have a large waist circumference
  • Suffer from migraine headaches with aura

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