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Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

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It is important to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke so that patients can receive treatment as soon as possible and reduce damage to the brain. Prompt medical treatment and rehabilitation can help a person recover from the effects of stroke and prevent another stroke from occurring.

 The F.A.S.T. test is an easy way to remember the symptoms of a stroke.

  • F means Face—If one side of the face droops, it’s a sign of a possible stroke.
  • A means Arms—If the person cannot raise both arms out, it’s another possible stroke sign.
  • S means Speech—Slurring words and poor understanding of simple sentences is another possible stroke sign.
  • T means Time— If you see any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1 immediately.1

References:

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2019. Stroke signs and symptoms. Retrieved December 9, 2019, from:  https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/signs_symptoms.htm