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Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307

The value of first aid training

Are you aware of the signs of a stroke and what to do if they occur? This is just one of many life-saving topics covered through the First Aid courses offered by the National Safety Council. Find a course in your area today. 

The most common signs and symptoms of stroke include:

• Sudden, severe headache

• Sudden weakness or numbness of face, arm or leg on one side

• Dizziness, confusion, difficulty understanding speech

• Difficulty speaking or swallowing, vision problems

• Changing levels of responsiveness or unresponsiveness 

Do this first:

1. Call 9-1-1

2. Monitor the victim and be prepared to give basic life support

3. Have the victim lie on his or her back with head and shoulders slightly raised

4. Loosen any constrictive collars

5. If necessary, turn the victim’s head to the side to allow drool or vomit to drain

Additional care:

• Keep the victim warm and quiet until help arrives

• Put an unresponsive victim in the recovery position

• Do not let a stroke victim eat or drink anything

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