When it comes to stroke, acting quickly is crucial! An unattended stroke can cause lasting damage to the brain, and create lifelong deficits, even death. But the affects can be mitigated by a quick response, and knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke can save a life. May is American Stroke Month, and want to help you be prepared to act when there’s an emergency.

One way to remember is to learn the acronym B.E. F.A.S.T.

Balance
Loss of balance, headache, or dizziness

Eyes
Blurred vision

Face
One side of the face is drooping

Arms
Weakness in the arms or legs

Speech
Difficulty speaking

Time
Time to seek help immediately!

Other warning signs include:

  • Sudden confusion
  • Trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or your loved ones, BE FAST, and seek medical attention as quickly as possible.

Texas Emergency Care Centers are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for all of your emergency medical needs, including stroke. Our facilities are equipped with rapid stroke response treatment options, and we are ready to help.