Look sharp, act fast
THE FAST acronym was created in 1998 to enable bystanders of stroke victims to correctly identify incidences of stroke and get the victim the emergency medical aid they need.
In all stroke cases, response time is the most important thing to be considered as even a one-minute delay in getting a stroke victim to a hospital could prove to be fatal. keep both raised.
Speech – A person who has stroke will most probably have difficulty speaking. Ask the person to say a simple sentence such as Malaysia truly Asia and observe for jumbled words or slurred speech.
Time – Call emergency services as soon as possible and make sure the person affected is sitting or laid down to prevent falling.
Other symptoms of a stroke, which are not included in FAST, are a severe headache, dizziness, loss of balance, loss of vision or double vision, and unexplained falls or difficulty in controlling limb movements.
Employing the FAST test could potentially save thousands of stroke sufferers from mortality and morbidity by allowing faster treatment.