Healthy Woman - - HEALTHY LIFE -

Get­ting to the hospi­tal as soon as you no­tice the signs of a stroke is cru­cial to sav­ing your life or pre­vent­ing long-term ef­fects. Act­ing FAST, the acro­nym which stands for Face, Arm, Speech, Time, has been the guide for stroke symp­toms and re­sponse, how­ever, it misses out on one key symp­tom - Vi­sion loss. The re­search, pub­lished in the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Surgery, in­di­cated that 59 per cent peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­enced a stroke didn’t know they were hav­ing a mini-stroke be­cause they didn’t know the vi­sion loss was an in­di­ca­tor. Hence, the med­i­cal field has amended the acro­nym to the more ap­pro­pri­ate FASTER (Face, Arm, Speech, Time, Eyes and Re­act) to in­cor­po­rate vis­ual im­pair­ment and the need to act rapidly as a part of the stroke re­sponse. Some­times re­search throws us a gift! Sit­ting at your desk think­ing about how you’re go­ing to ex­er­cise after work brings you that much closer to fit­ness. This is be­cause the body re­acts to men­tal pic­tures the way it does to ac­tual things. This re­search stresses that it is more of a sup­ple­ment than an al­ter­na­tive. Also, you have to vi­su­alise for 20 min­utes to have the ef­fect, any more or less and the prac­tice won’t stick.

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