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The American Stroke Association promotes the acronym F.A.S.T. to help you easily identify the signs of stroke and what to do in an emergency: Seconds matter! If you notice these signs in anyone, call 9-1-1 immediately and tell them you think the person may be having a stroke.
The most common signs and symptoms of stroke are sudden:
To quickly assess whether a person might be experiencing a stroke, use the FAST approach:
F for Face: Is the person’s smile lopsided?
A for Arms: If the person extends both arms to the sides and raises them to shoulder level, does one arm droop?
S for Speech: Does the person have difficulty speaking a simple sentence like “the sky is blue today”?
T for Time: If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” call 911 immediately.
Stroke is the number one cause of disability for Americans. Recognizing a stroke and taking immediate action will help save you, a loved one, friend or co-worker from suffering its devastating effects.
For more information on any of our stroke programs and services, please call or stroke coordinator at 480.728.3172.