In recognition of Stroke Awareness Month, REMSA is educating the community about the signs of a stroke and what to do in an emergency. Strokes are caused by the sudden loss of blood flow to the brain from a clot or a ruptured vessel, leading to bleeding inside the head. When this blood flow stops, brain cells stop functioning and begin to die. As a result, the activities of the body controlled by dying brain cells can lose their ability to function. You can learn the basic symptoms of a stroke by following the F.A.S.T. warning signs.
F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke are:
“When someone suffers from a stroke, the potential for brain-cell damage increases with every moment that passes,” said Adam Heinz, Director of Clinical Communications at REMSA. “This is why it is absolutely paramount to call 9-1-1 the moment you think someone is having a stroke.”
Rapid diagnosis, rapid response and rapid treatment of strokes are especially important because the clot-busting drugs that can reverse or limit brain damage are time sensitive and typically are administered within the first 4-6 hours from symptom onset.