Half of all strokes occur in people over age 75, but the risk of stroke doubles for every decade after age 55.
Here’s a system from the National Stroke Association to identify the warning signs of a stroke if you suspect someone in your presence might be having one:
F = FACE
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = ARMS
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = SPEECH
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
T = TIME
If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 911 immediately.