Be FAST, Save a life

September 1, 2015Tips and advice

Be FAST, Save a life

September 1, 2015

A stroke is a medical condition that describes a time when your brain isn’t getting the blood it needs. This condition needs immediate treatment chances of brain damage, disability, or even death. You need to be familiar and attentive to warning signs in order to act right and FAST if you or your loved ones were faced with such a situation.

Warning Signs:

Although a stroke tends to be gradual, one or more of the below sudden symptoms are likely to happen:

  • Numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side
  • Confusion or trouble understanding other people
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Trouble seeing with one or both eyes
  • Problems walking or staying balanced or coordinated
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache that comes on for no reason

If you or anyone near you have these symptoms, head directly to the nearest Emergency Room, even if you’re not sure that this is a stroke.

The treatment works best when it is given within 3 hours of when the symptoms started. Depending on the stroke type, doctors may prescribe a powerful clot-busting medicine, or if the stroke was caused by a burst blood vessel, doctors will try to stop the bleeding as fast as possible.

Although brain strokes are severely dangerous, prompt action, accurate diagnosis, and proper medical care significantly reduce its severity, and can even lead to a full recovery.

Because every minute matters, Al Safwa Hospital is currently building a specialized Stroke Unit to respond better and faster to each case.


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