What to Do If You or Someone Else is Experiencing Stroke Symptoms (BEFAST)

A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted or reduced, depriving brain cells of oxygen and nutrients. This can cause brain cells to die, leading to permanent brain damage, disability, or even death. Therefore, it is crucial to recognize the symptoms of stroke and seek immediate medical attention.

There are two main types of stroke: ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot, while hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and causes bleeding.

The symptoms of stroke can vary depending on the type of stroke, the location of the affected area in the brain, and the severity of the damage. However, the most common symptoms of stroke can be remembered using the acronym BEFAST.

How To Recognize The Signs Of A Stroke

During a stroke, every minute counts! Fast treatment can lessen the brain damage that stroke can cause.

By knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, you can take quick action and perhaps save a life—maybe even your own.1

Stroke Symptoms

Written by Cassandra Williams

Cassandra Williams is a Senior Editing Manager at A2ZHealthy