Stroke, multiple heart attacks put Bengali actress Aindrila Sharma on ventilator – know how B.E. F.A.S.T. action can spot brain attack before reaching a hospital

Also a cancer survivor Aindrila Sharma has defeated the disease twice before suffering from a brain stroke Photo credit Aindrila SharmaInstagram

Also a cancer survivor, Aindrila Sharma has defeated the disease twice before suffering from a brain stroke. (Photo credit: Aindrila Sharma/Instagram)

New Delhi: Bengali actress Aindrila Sharma suffered a brain stroke earlier in November – and now, adding to her peril, she suffered from multiple heart attacks on Tuesday at a Kolkata hospital where she is currently admitted. The actress was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and is currently on a ventilator as her condition reportedly is critical. On November 1, Sharma was hospitalised after suffering from an intracranial haemorrhage following which she underwent a left frontotemporoparietal de-compressive craniotomy surgery. Also a cancer survivor, Sharma has defeated the disease twice before suffering from a brain stroke. But talk of the potentially-fatal condition, F.A.S.T. action is key to prevention. Read on to know what it is.

What is stroke?

Stroke refers to a state wherein blood and oxygen supply to the brain get disrupted due to a blood clot or a blockage in the arteries. Also known as a brain stroke or brain attack, it can also occur when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or when parts of the brain get damaged or start to die. This condition can cause long-term disability, irreversible brain damage or even death. Therefore, the only way out is to prevent it well in time.

What are the signs of stroke?

For timely diagnosis and prevention, it is important to aware of the signs of stroke. These include:

  1. Paralysis
  2. Numbness in the arm, face or leg
  3. Difficulty in walking
  4. Speaking and understanding difficulty
  5. Blurred or double vision
  6. Difficulty in speaking, slurred speech
  7. Pins and needles, reduce sense of touch

What is B.E. F.A.S.T. action to spot brain attack?

Sometimes, knowing the symptoms is not enough. Before an ambulance arrives, before being able to reach the hospital, one needs to be well aware of the B.E. F.A.S.T. action.

All alphabets of B.E. F.A.S.T. stand for something:

  1. B – Balance
  2. E – Eyes
  3. F – Face
  4. A – Arms
  5. S – Speech
  6. T – Time

Diagnoses based on solely the symptoms described in B.E. F.A.S.T. can help bring the number of stroke death cases by 4 per cent. Earlier, according to a study by experts at the University of Kentucky Stroke Center, when people used to only rely on the symptoms described in F.A.S.T., it could contribute to missing up to 14 per cent stroke cases. One might end up only looking for symptoms like slurred speech, arm weakness and face drooping.

There are many common symptoms of an acute stroke other than a person’s face drooping, arm weakness or slurred speech, though those symptoms are some of the most widespread.

Read on to know what B.E. F.A.S.T. action stands for:

Balance

Patient might suddenly start to lose coordination and balance

Eyes

Patient may experience sudden double vision, blurred eyesight or complete loss of vision in one or both eyes.

Face

A patient might show one side of the face dropping. Try to ask the patient to try and smile.

Arms

Weakness in one arms – try asking the patient to raise both arms and see if one drifts down.

Speech

If the patient struggles with slurred speech or fails to repeat or say basic sentences, call an ambulance ASAP.

Time to get help

When it comes to stroke prevention, time is everything. Instead of waiting around or panicking, call an ambulance and seek medical support without delay.

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