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Recognize the signs of stroke

February 4, 2016 - February is Heart and Stroke Month nationally and Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service wants to remind citizens they can easily recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke by using the mnemonic F.A.S.T.

F – Facial Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?

A - Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S - Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

T - Time to call 911 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and arriving paramedics will start effective treatment including moving the person directly to a specialized stroke hospital. Make sure to note the time when symptoms first appeared.

If someone is suspected of have a stroke here are a few simple things to do after calling 911:

  • Keep the person comfortable and supported. If they’re conscious, you can help them into a comfortable position
  • Keep checking their breathing and level of response. Don’t give them anything to eat or drink because it could be difficult for them to swallow and they might choke.

Kawartha Lakes Paramedics are part of the provincial stroke initiative which means stroke patients can bypass local hospitals and be moved directly to a specialist stroke centre (hospital). Our region of the province is served by Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Lakeridge Health Cooperation (Oshawa Campus).


For more information please contact:

Keith Kirkpatrick
Paramedic Chief
705-324-9411 Ext. 3310

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