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. If you feel you or someone you know may be having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Ask the person to smile, does one side of the face droop?
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward or they can't raise it at all?
Ask the person to say a simple phrase. Do the words sound strange, slurred or difficult to understand?
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.
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.
Learn more about stroke education at Mercy Gilbert
For more information on any of our stroke programs and services please call or stroke coordinator at (480) 728-7326.