What to do in Medical Emergency Situations

The Case of Stroke

Time is of essence when you have stroke. Just few hours with or without treatment can make a difference between life and death.

  • The key to survival is availability of medical assistance. Seek medical assistance, have someone transport you to medical facility immediately or call your local medical emergency line or 911 if you live in an Advanced Country.


How do you know if you or someone by your side is experiencing stroke?

The following are cardinal signs of stroke

  • Face drooping: Weakness on one side of the face
  • Arm weakness: Can the individual raise both arms?
  • Speech difficulty: Does the person have impaired speech?
  • Time: Time to seek immediate medical assistance


The acronym is F.A.S.T. This acronym helps you to recall not only the signs of stroke but also what to do in such situation. It doesn’t seem there’s any First Aid application but acting quickly should be considered as a race against tissue damage, permanent disability or death.

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