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What to do before a STROKE?

27 October 2020


Key points:

  • What is a STROKE?
  • FAST test
  • What NOT to do in case of STROKE?

The term STROKE is also known as cerebrovascular accident and occurs when there is bleeding in the brain or when its blood flow is blocked.

After a few minutes the neurons begin to die, so it is very important that if you think someone is suffering from a STROKE, you act immediately!

Here are some of the notorious symptoms to detect a STROKE, pay attention:

  • Strange behavior, as if they were out of their mind or under the influence of alcohol without having consumed it.
  • Difficulty gesturing and speaking.
  • Loss of muscle tone or fainting.
  • Intense headache.
  • Confusion.
  • Lack of coordination.

FAST test

FAST (face, arms, speech, time) test helps to observe and act on warning signs.

  • Face.When you tell them to smile, does the person’s face fall to one side?
  • Arms.When asking them to raise their arms, is one lower?
  • Speech.When speaking, can the person repeat a simple sentence? Do they babble or is it difficult to understand them?
  • Time.Every minute counts! If you see any of these signs, call the Emergency Room at either of our two Campuses.
    Observatorio Campus: 55 5230 8000
    Santa Fe Campus: 55 1103 1600

What NOT to do in case of STROKE?

Now that you know what to do in the event of a STROKE, we tell you the actions that you should AVOID.

  • Stay at all times, do not leave them alone.
  • Do not offer water or food.
  • Remember that they are in crisis, do not ask them to try to move or tell you how they feel unless it is to perform the FAST test.
  • Do not give them any medication for any reason.
  • If they have a seizure, do not try to hold them, however, be careful that they do not get hurt.
  • Keep calm, do not try to transfer them to the emergency room by yourself, wait for help.

At the Neurological Center – ICTUS of the ABC Medical Center we can give you specialized care. Contact us!


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