According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the #5 cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Time is of the essence when it comes to identifying stroke symptoms in a loved one, and remembering the acronym F.A.S.T. will help you know what to look for if they are showing signs and symptoms.
Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
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.”
Time to call 911 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get to the person to the hospital immediately. Make sure to write down the time you noticed the symptoms.
Those that have been through a stroke have questions, special needs and interests that may not be easily understood by those who have not experienced a stroke. Carson Tahoe is here to help by connecting you to other stroke survivors and caregivers. We also have the experts and resources to point you in the right direction for achieving the best results from your rehabilitation.
Many times, those in rural areas or smaller cities do not have a network of support after undergoing a stroke and may have to make burdensome journeys to receive basic information. The stroke survivors and caregivers support group was created to connect people from Carson City, Dayton, Gardnerville, Minden, Lake Tahoe, and surrounding rural communities.
The second Thursday of each month from 4:30PM – 5:30PM.
Bristlecone Room at the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center.
For more information, please contact us at (775) 434-5991, and be sure to leave your name and phone number.
Information on stroke awareness and FAST was provided by the American Stroke Association.