There’s a simple way to spot a stroke – BE FAST. Knowing how to identify a stroke can save someone’s life. Time is especially critical for a stroke victim – each minute, two million brain cells die. The more quickly a stroke victim finds the care they need, the less likely there will be permanent damage.
Here’s how you can spot a stroke:
- Sudden loss of balance.
- Sudden vision changes.
- Sudden face drooping.
- Sudden arm/leg weakness.
- Sudden slurred or garbled speech.
- Time is critical. Call 911.
Are you looking to spread stroke awareness or learn about your risk factors? The Sutter Health network has a number of different materials that you can either share on social media or even print out for your office or school.
- Flyer – Learn how to BE FAST to spot a stroke and find the closest Primary Stroke Center. You can pass this flyer around to your friends, family members, colleagues and classmates.
- Poster – Hang this up in the halls of your school or office, even your home. This poster has information on how to BE FAST to spot a stroke.
Stroke Care and Recovery
Quick treatment and a clear path to recovery can mean all the difference after a stroke. Our Continuum of Care Infographic (PDF) illustrates the potential paths of recovery most patients face when first receiving care and recovering from a stroke.
Stroke Support Groups
Are you interested in learning how to reduce your risk for stroke, or are you a stroke patient or caregiver looking for support? The Sutter Health network offers a variety of stroke support services to provide opportunities to learn and connect with others.