Stroke symptoms

BEFAST is an acronym used to help people recognize the common symptoms of a stroke and take action quickly. It stands for:
  1. Balance: Sudden loss of balance or coordination.
  2. Eyes: Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, such as blurred vision or double vision.
  3. Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
  4. Arm: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  5. Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  6. Time: If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 911 or seek immediate medical attention. Time is crucial when dealing with a stroke.

Remembering these symptoms can be a valuable tool for recognizing and responding to a potential stroke, as early treatment can make a significant difference in the outcome. If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, do not hesitate to seek medical help immediately.

Remember the acronym BEFAST (Balance, Eyes, Face, Arm, Speech, Time) to help recognize stroke symptoms and take appropriate action promptly.

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