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Acting FAST for a Stroke

In Health on July 9, 2011 at 2:23 am

Use F.A.S.T to determine if you or someone you love is having a stroke. Acting FAST is the key to recovery for a stroke.

F – Face: Ask the person to smile. If one side of the face appears to be crooked of drooping – CALL 911

A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms in the air. If there is a difficulty with one arm – CALL 911

S – Speech: Ask the person to speak. If the words are slurred or he/she can’t speak – CALL 911

T – Time: Time is of the essence. Call 911 if any of the above symptoms exist.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. A stroke is a medical emergency. Prompt treatment is crucial. Early action can minimize brain damage and potential complications.

The good news is that strokes can be treated and prevented, and many fewer Americans now die of stroke than was the case even 15 years ago. Better control of major stroke risk factors — high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol — is likely responsible for the decline.

Just remember, time is of the essence!

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