When someone has a stroke, it’s crucial that they get treatment right away.
If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 911 immediately. Ambulance crews can start treatment on the way to the hospital, speeding up care and saving brainpower.
“Many people think that they can sleep it off, or that they can go to bed and they'll be better in the morning,” said Dr. Rishi Gupta, Wellstar director of stroke and neurocritical care. “If you have a loss of sensation, you cannot move your arm or your leg, you have trouble speaking or you have trouble with your vision, the faster you get to the emergency room, the more likely we are to reverse your disability.”
Learn the warning signs of a stroke, and if you notice any of these in yourself or someone else, BE FAST.
- Balance — One sign is a sudden loss of balance or coordination. This can also appear as a sudden, severe headache or dizziness.
- Eyes — Blurred vision, double vision or loss of vision can be symptoms of a stroke. If you think someone else may be having a stroke, ask if they are having trouble seeing out of one or both eyes.
- Face — One side of the face may be drooping or feeling numb. Ask the person to smile and see if it appears lopsided or uneven.
- Arms — Look for sudden arm weakness or numbness. Check if the person can lift both arms without one drifting downward.
- Speech — Check for slurred speech or difficulty speaking. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence to determine if they are having trouble talking.
- Time — The more treatment is delayed, the more the brain is damaged. Don’t wait to seek care. If you notice any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
Reduce your risk of a stroke by living a healthy lifestyle. Your Wellstar provider can partner with you in creating a treatment plan to stay in good health. To learn more about Wellstar’s brain, spine and nerve health services, visit our neuro care page or call (770) 956-STAR (7827).