NEW YORK (PIX11) – It takes just minutes for brain cells to begin to die in a person who is having a stroke.
That’s why it’s crucial to act fast, recognize the symptoms and get help.
There are two main types of stroke, according to NewYork-Presbyterian:
- Hemorrhagic, or bleeding stroke, happens when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, causing blood to leak into brain tissue. This type of stroke is less common, making up about 15 to 20 percent of all cases.
- Ischemic stroke is more common and occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or severely decreased due to a blocked blood vessel.
Using the acronym FAST can help you remember some quick exercises that could uncover stroke warning signs:
- Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
- Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.