“B.E. F.A.S.T.” Stroke Recognition | Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Denver

Hi, my name’s Ally, and I’m a nurse at
Vibra Rehab Hospital of Denver. And I’m Amanda, and I’m also a nurse at
Vibra Rehab Hospital of Denver. So May is National Stroke Awareness Month, so we wanted to give you a little education
on signs and symptoms of strokes and lifestyle modifications to prevent strokes. When you think of the signs and symptoms of a stroke, remember the acronym “B.E. F.A.S.T.” So the
“B” in B.E. F.A.S.T stands for balance, so you want to ask, is the person experiencing
a sudden loss of balance or coordination. The “E” stands for eyes, so is the person
having a sudden change in vision or trouble seeing out of one or both eyes. “F” is for face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? And “A” is for arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? The “S” in “B.E. F.A.S.T” stands
for speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase, is their speech slurred or do they
have difficulty repeating the phrase? And most importantly, the “T” stands for time. If you observe any of these signs or symptoms,
call 9-1-1 immediately. Getting immediate medical attention for a stroke can minimize the long-term effects of stroke, and even prevent death. There are several lifestyle modifications you can make which will help you prevent a stroke in the future. You can cut your risk for stroke by maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active each day. You can also reduce your risk of stroke by quitting
smoking and only consuming alcohol in moderation. Make sure you prevent and treat diabetes, and monitor blood sugars as directed by your medical provider. You can use diet, exercise and medicines to keep blood sugar within a recommended range. Also, lower your blood pressure by limiting salt and avoiding high cholesterol foods. Thanks for watching our
video. And happy Stroke Awareness Month.

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