Stroke or cerebral vascular disease is a disease characterized by blood vessels in the brain suddenly blocked or rupture, causing death of brain tissue.
If you have one or several of these signs or symptoms of the following, even though only for a moment, it could be that you have the risk of stroke. These include loss of vision suddenly, feeling weak in the face, arm or leg, difficulty speaking or understanding speech, severe headache or dizziness or loss of balance.
In addition to physical disability, 30-50% of stroke survivors suffer post stroke depression – characterized by irritability, decreased self-esteem and sleep disorders. In some cases, depression can reduce motivation and worsen the patient’s condition.
A simple FAST test can also be done at home to help detect early symptoms of stroke.
F = Face (Faces)
Ask the person to smile. Is one side of his face was not lifted?
A = Arm (Arm)
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm falling down?
S = Speech (Talk)
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does his voice sound slurred or strange?
T = Time (Time)
If someone has a problem following the above command, then do not delay, medical assistance should be called immediately.
Expected to know three things, the act of medical care can be immediately and appropriately carried out, to be able to help decrease the mortality rate is lower and the level of disability from stroke.