MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Strokes are a scary occurrence, but much can be done to help patients in the first minutes and hours of a blockage. If you or a loved one notices warning signs, acting fast and receiving care is key, says Dr. Jennifer Sevush-Garcy , a Neurologist at CareMount Medical in Mount Kisco.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off, and can lead to paralysis or death. Stroke symptoms may be obvious, but sometimes identification can be tricky. Abrupt changes in speech, vision, walking, coordination, strength and sensation are warning signs of a stroke and should be evaluated immediately. In every case, time is of the essence. Those in the vicinity of a victim should dial 911 immediately or get the patient to an emergency room.
When determining if someone is suffering from a stroke, doctors suggest following the F.A.S.T. acronym:
- Face : Smile. Is the smile asymmetric?
- Arms : Lift both arms. Does one arm drift down?
- Speech : Speak. Repeat a phrase, name objects, follow directions, read aloud.
- Time : Call 911 immediately.
Although strokes can affect anyone, common stroke risk factors include age, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, tobacco smoking, and an irregular heartbeat.
If you have any of these health problems, speak to your primary care doctor or neurologist about the proper treatment to prevent stroke.
To learn more about stroke prevention and response technique, visit CareMount Medical's website.