The long term effects of stroke and TIA mini stroke can
sometimes be drastically reduced with prompt medical attention.
This simple test is recommended by the National Stroke
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do
This Simple Test:
F ACE: Ask the person to smile.Does one side of the face droop?
A RMS: Ask the person to raise both arms.
.........Does one arm drift downward?
S PEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.
.........Such as "The sun is shining today"
........ Are the words slurred?
.........Can they repeat the sentence correctly?
T IME If the person shows any of these symptoms,time is crucial
Call 911 or get to a hospital fast because brain cells are dying.
Most mini stroke symptoms are SUDDEN.
Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on
one side of the body.
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or
Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Take note of the time you experienced your first symptom.
This information is important to your physician and can affect
treatment decisions. If in doubt about a stroke or mini stroke
Call 911 immediately if you have any of these symptoms.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms in the past, you
may have had a TIA or mini-stroke.
TIA means Transient Ischemic Attack.
TIA is an event, sometimes called a mini-stroke that has the
same stroke symptoms but last less than 24 hours before
TIA's usually do not cause permanent brain damage but they are
considered a dangerous warning sign of an impending stroke and
should be addressed by your health care provider.
As many as 40% of all people who have a TIA episode will have an
5% of those people will have a stroke within 2 days.
10% up to 15% of these people will suffer a stroke within 3
If you or anyone you know experience these signs, for even a
short time, you should get help immediately.
Stroke strikes FAST and so should you.
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