Signs you're having a stroke (and why you should act fast)

Stroke claims the lives of nearly 70 South Africans every day.

Nearly 240 people will suffer a stroke every day, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

If a stroke is not identified in time, it could be fatal or affect an individual's recovery.

Medical help is most important within the first few hours after a stroke, explains the foundation's Megan Lee.

Time lost is brain function lost.

Megan Lee, Registered Dietitian and Physiologist at the Heart and Stroke Foundation

The faster you get the person to a hospital, the better their chances of survival and recovery.

Megan Lee, Registered Dietitian and Physiologist at the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Lee explains that there are four major warning signs of a stroke, explained with the acronym act FAST:

F - face-drooping
A - arm weakness
S - speech difficulty
T - time to call emergency services

She says that many communities in South Africa lack access to healthcare and information.

We still have a lot of work ahead of us trying to get the information out there.

Megan Lee, Registered Dietitian and Physiologist at the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Take a listen to her elaborate on the symptoms and common myths:


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