Face: Check for facial asymmetry or drooping on one side. This indicates that one of the nerves that control facial muscles has been affected and can be helpful to determine which side the stroke happened.
Arms: Have the person raise both of their arms in front of their body. If one arm is weaker, this may indicate that a stroke happened on the opposite side of the brain.
Speech: Ask the person to verbally respond to you. If their speech is slurred or they have trouble talking normally, this may also be a sign of stroke.
Time: Take note of how long the person has been experiencing these symptoms. Time is also of the essence when bringing the patient to the emergency room. The sooner the person is brought to the hospital, the better their chances are of avoiding severe disability or death.
Mild stroke first aid should be taken seriously, the same as if it were a severe stroke. Even if symptoms subside or are “not that bad,” a trip to the emergency room is still ideal after a mild stroke.
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