Life-Saving Video Shows How To Recognize the Signs of Stroke

Man sitting and daughter standing in kitchen in screenshot of video about the first signs of a stroke

Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

According to the FDA, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious disability in the United States. That's why knowing the first signs can save a life. But what are the signs of a stroke? The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada produced an informative and straightforward video demonstrating how the symptoms look in realistic detail.

The video begins from the point of view of the mother, and it depicts the family getting ready for dinner. They are casually chatting, when the daughter says “Dad, a side of your face is drooping—mom?” The father slurringly tries to reply “It's probably nothing.” The mother then asks him to raise his hands in the air, but after failing to do so, instructs the girl to call 911 to let them know that he looks like he is having a stroke.

As the paramedics arrive and the dad is taken away, the family looks visibly upset. The video depicts the real emotions felt during an episode like this as if letting viewers know that it's understandable to be upset as it unfolds. The story then cuts to the family at the hospital. While the husband lies on a bed wearing a robe, the doctors tell them that thanks to their quick reaction, the man is expected to make a full recovery.

The video then introduces the signs of stroke under the acronym FAST: “Face—Is it drooping? Arms—Can you raise both? Speech—Is it slurred or jumbled? Time to call 911 right away.” While the video may be a hard watch for some, it has been praised for its true depiction of the symptoms.

To learn more about the early signs of a stroke, visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada's website.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada produced an informative and straightforward video to spot the signs of a stroke.

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Regina Sienra

Regina Sienra is a Staff Writer at My Modern Met. Based in Mexico City, Mexico, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with specialization in Journalism from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has 10+ years’ experience in Digital Media, writing for outlets in both English and Spanish. Her love for the creative arts—especially music and film—drives her forward every day.
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