In recognition of World Stroke Day (Oct. 29), the American Stroke Association is rolling out a new public service campaign about F.A.S.T., a method for recognizing and responding to the sudden warning signs of stroke. Spotting a stroke F.A.S.T. can make a remarkable difference in recovery.
Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
Time to call 911 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
The AHA advocates for public policies that would improve emergency response, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for stroke patients. Get educated about stroke and how you can help advocate for stroke prevention policy.