Recognize Stroke Symptoms: the F.A.S.T test

FAST STROKE PHOTO

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:

  • F= FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • A = ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S = SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
  • T = TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Note the time when any symptoms first appear. if given within 3 hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

The goal in rehabilitation is to improve function so that the stroke survivor can become as independent as possible.

This must be accomplished in a way that preserves dignity and motivates the survivor to relearn basic skills that the stroke may have taken away – skills like eating, dressing and walking. Find out more

Questions? Call us at 877.299.STEP or Contact us today

Steffani Dubats JD, Executive Director, Sales Satisfaction, Second Step, Inc.

Please visit www.secondstepinc.com to find out more about the results oriented, clinically proven Gait Harness System® (GHS) and NEW Gait Harness System® II (GHSII). Many severely injured individuals who are using the GHS, and who were unable to walk in the 5, 10 and 20 plus years post their injuries, are now beginning to stand and walk again for the first time. The GHS helps individuals regain healthy functioning after challenges due to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebellar degeneration, orthopedic, neurological, lower extremity amputation, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other ambulation, gait and balance rehabilitation issues. The GHS is used world-wide in a broad spectrum of out-patient, in-patient, and home enriched environments. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/walknews Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eugene-OR/Second-Step-Inc-Helping-People-Walk-Again/103792771475

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