According to Demetrius Lopes, M.D., surgical director of RUSH University Stroke Center in Chicago and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association spokesperson, "The patient doesn't always recognize their own stroke and when they do, sometimes their symptoms make calling for help difficult, if not impossible. Just like we need to learn CPR to save someone else's life, we need to learn how to spot a stroke and act fast for the best chance of a positive outcome."
Through the Together to End Stroke initiative, nationally sponsored by the global healthcare product company Covidien, the association teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people remember stroke warning signs:
F - Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
A - Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb?
S - Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand?
T - Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
Here is a link to a video and, very important, a link to a free app to help identify a stroke and find nearby hospitals. http://www.multivu.com/mnr/62321-world-stroke-day-survey-prepare-for-stroke-emergency
Better safe than sorry.