Following on from yesterday’s blog on strokes and the different types of strokes – today’s First Aid blog looks at signs and symptoms and how for first aiders to recognize a stroke occurring.
Signs and symptoms
- One sided weakness or paralysis
- Slurred speech
- Blurred vision
- Severe headache
- Mental confusion
- Generally unwell
It’s vital to know how to spot the warning signs of a stroke in yourself or someone else. Using the FAST test is the best way to do this.
Face: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?
Arms: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
Time: if you see any of these three signs, it’s time to call 999.