The stroke folks have a new acronym: Be Fast. To celebrate it one of the local hospitals had a run walk to raise money for stroke awareness. As the Lady de Gloves is a stoke survivor we were sure to go. She got a spiffy red shirt while MWG was stuck with a bland grey one.
Interestingly, there seems to be a minor dispute over the meaning of the last letter. At our walk, T stood for Terrible headache while the site above has a different T, time:
Balance – Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
Eyes – Is there sudden blurred or double vision or sudden, persistent vision trouble?
Face – Ask the person to smile. Is one or both sides of the face drooping?
Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one side drift downward? Is there weakness or numbness on one side?
Speech – Does the person have slurred or garbled speech? Can he/she repeat simple phrases?
Time – Call 911 for immediate medical attention if you notice one or more of these signs. Also, take note of when symptoms began.
We like Terrible headache because Be Fast seems to make the time message clear. Either way, if you are concerned about the possibility of a stroke time is of the essence. The main reasons is tPA:
We treat ischemic stroke with a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). The drug dissolves the clot [you might think of it as extra strength blood thinner], and blood flow to the affected part of the brain improves. If tPA is given within three hours of an ischemic stroke, the patient has a much better chance of a full recovery. Unfortunately, too many stroke victims don’t make it to the hospital in time for tPA treatment. [Emphasis added].
The Lady de Gloves was one of those folks from paralyzed on one side to a full recovery with tPA in about an hour. It can be a miracle drug but the time window is small so Be Fast.