3. Speech Difficulty
Stroke-related speech difficulty is known as aphasia. It occurs when the part of the brain responsible for language and speech is damaged by the stroke. According to the National Aphasia Association, approximately 25 percent to 40 percent of individuals who experience a stroke also have aphasia. Aphasia inhibits a person’s capability to understand or use words, causing difficulties with speech.
The last letter of the F.A.S.T. acronym is “Time to call 9-1-1.” If the person shows any of these first three symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, it’s time to call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
The following are additional symptoms of stroke: