Time to act F.A.S.T
Pragya Rahman

Time. What is time? The concept of time is somewhat puzzling. Do we really know how much time we have on this planet?

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How much time would it take you to figure out someone’s having a stroke and save that person's life before it’s too late? Well let’s find out, shall we.

What is a stroke and what are the symptoms?

A stroke is an emergent and life-threatening medical condition when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off. Usually, when it comes to this particular condition as far as diagnosing and treatment are concerned, time is invariably of the essence. A stroke can be easily identified with the following acronym:

  • F- Face: Pay very close attention to the person’s face as it may drop to one side. Ask them to smile and if they are unable to smile then that’s one of the first reasons to worry.

  • A- Arms: Have them lift both their arms up in the air, an inability to this would indicate numbness and weakness in the arms.

  • S- Speech: Stir up a conversation with them and listen very carefully. Is their speech slurred at all? If so then it is your responsibility to find the nearest doctor or hospital and take them there.

  • T- Time: It’s time you called for an ambulance or took them to the hospital yourself if you can.

    That was the fastest approach of sniffing out a stroke. But other symptoms also include dizziness, a headache (perhaps the most debilitating one you’ve ever experienced in your life), blurred vision, problems maintaining balance and coordination.

Treatment:

The treatment of a stroke depends on the type of stroke one’s been afflicted with. There’s the ischaemic stroke where there is an obstruction in the blood flow in the brain. Treating this particular type of stroke includes a wide range of medications like anticoagulants, anti-platelets, blood-thinners, and occasionally by removing fat from the carotid artery in the neck.

Another type of stroke is the haemorrhagic stroke where there’s bleeding in or around the brain. Yeah, let’s not go there it’s depressing and gory.

So there we have it, we’re a little more brushed up on “Stroke.” We now know what to do and how to spot a person who’s about to pop a blood vessel in their head or already did so. Isn’t this a great day to be alive?

 

 

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