Teachable Minutes: Stroke

Gary Heigel EMS instructor at RCC posing in front of a training ambulanceHello, this is Gary in the Emergency Services Department at Rogue Community College.

This year, more than half a million Americans will suffer a stroke- a medical emergency that occurs when blood supply to the brain is disrupted. Immediate treatment can greatly improve a person’s chances of returning to a normal, independent life. That is why you need to call early.

The key is to act FAST–that’s F.A.S.T.–the symptoms you need to watch for:

  • F is for facial numbness or weakness, especially on one side.
  • A is for arm numbness or weakness, especially on one side.
  • S is for slurred speech or difficulty speaking.
  • T is to remind you that it is Time to call 911.

At RCC, we train EMTs and paramedics in how to recognize and treat these life-threatening emergencies, but your quick action can help save a life.