The BE FAST Method
The BE FAST method is the most common way to check the most common symptoms of mild stroke. You can do this on yourself or the person in question. Here’s how to do it:
Balance. Ask the person if they have a problem with their balance.
Eyes. Ask if they have any issue with seeing in one or both eyes.
Face. Ask the person to smile. If one side droops, that’s one warning sign of a stroke.
Arms. Now, ask the person to raise both their arms. Does one of the arms drop down?
Speech. Ask the person to say a short phrase and listen for any slurred or strange speech.
Time. Quick action is required if you find any of the symptoms using the BE FAST method. Call 911 quickly and note down the symptoms.
When it comes to stroke, whether mild or severe, time is of the essence. The minutes that pass by could determine the effect of the stroke, which means the faster you get treatment, the milder the stroke will be, and the faster you can recover. Each second that passes by could mean around 32,000 brain cells lost.
However, your mild stroke could turn into a more severe issue if you fail to get the medical attention you require as soon as possible.
Driving yourself to the ER might be futile and dangerous as one part of your body will be harder to control – sometimes even impossible. You may not be able to drive well and get into an accident, making your situation much worse. Calling an emergency medical team will provide an assessment within the next minutes and can increase your chances of getting a faster treatment.