Is It a Stroke? Warning Signs

StrokeStrokes are one of the leading causes of adult disability, affecting nearly 800,000 people each year in the US alone. However, the faster a person receives treatment, the better their chance of surviving and avoiding long-term disability.

Strokes are one of the leading causes of adult disability, affecting nearly 800,000 people each year in the US alone. However, the faster a person receives treatment, the better their chance of surviving and avoiding long-term disability. Learn to recognize the signs of a stroke in yourself and loved ones, and you may save a life!

What are the warning signs of a stroke?

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Numbness or weakness
  • Difficulty seeing
  • A loss of balance or coordination

If you notice any of the above in a loved one, the American Stroke Association recommends the “FAST” method for helping to determine if a stroke is occurring:

F:    Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?

A:   Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S:    Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

T:    Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.

(Source: American Stroke Association, http://strokeassociation.org) 

Want to learn more? Check out this video by the American Stroke Association and learn more about using body language to detect a stroke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wH7k5CFp4hI

Even if a stroke is caught quickly, deficits in speech and language may occur. Check in with us again next week, when we’ll discuss how speech-language therapy can help manage communication issues after a stroke.

For information on our New York based Speech-Language Pathology services, please call Speech Associates of New York today at (212)308-7725 or visit our website at www.speechassociatesofny.com and find out how our team of professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists can help!

urviving and avoiding long-term disability. Learn to recognize the signs of a stroke in yourself and loved ones, and you may save a life!

What are the warning signs of a stroke?

• Confusion

• Difficulty speaking

• Numbness or weakness

• Difficulty seeing

• A loss of balance or coordination

If you notice any of the above in a loved one, the American Stroke Association recommends the “FAST” method for helping to determine if a stroke is occurring:

F: Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?

A: Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S: Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

T: Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.

(Source: American Stroke Association, http://strokeassociation.org)

Want to learn more? Check out this video by the American Stroke Association and learn more about using body language to detect a stroke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wH7k5CFp4hI

Even if a stroke is caught quickly, deficits in speech and language may occur. Check in with us again next week, when we’ll discuss how speech-language therapy can help manage communication issues after a stroke.

For information on our New York based Speech-Language Pathology services, please call Speech Associates of New York today at (212)308-7725 or visit our website at http://www.speechassociatesofny.com and find out how our team of professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists can help!

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