Think FAST: Knowing the Signs of Stroke Could Save a Life
Every 6 seconds, someone is either having a stroke or dying from a stroke. Knowing the signs and symptoms can save a life, just like it did for Catrina Pullum. Her husband, Shawn, had recently picked up a Medical City brochure from an employee health fair, detailing how to spot a stroke. Five days later, Shawn was able to think FAST and get Catrina to the hospital in time.
Signs of stroke:
Face: Is one side drooping or numb? Ask the person to smile. Is it lopsided?
Arm: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms; does one drift downward?
Speech: Is speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like "The sky is blue."
Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, it’s time to call 911, even if the symptoms go away.
Time is brain. Make note of the time symptoms first appeared; emergency responders will want to know.
Knowing the Symptoms of a Heart Attack Could Save Your Life
An American has a heart attack approximately every 40 seconds, for a total of nearly 800,000 heart attacks per year. John Copeland was one of those. A fit, healthy firefighter and EMT, John had witnessed every type of cardiac event there is. He knew the signs and symptoms and yet when he experienced them during a training drill, he denied what was happening. Instead, he rationalized that it must be something — anything — else and continued the drill. Luckily for him, his colleagues were just as well-trained and were able to get him the help he needed in time.
Symptoms of a heart attack:
- Pain or discomfort in the
- Arms or shoulders
- Jaw, neck, upper abdomen or back
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling weak, light-headed or faint
Other symptoms (more common in women) can include extreme, unexplained fatigue, heartburn, nausea and/or vomiting. If you have any of these symptoms, call 911.