Stroke is the No. 5 killer of all Americans and is a leading cause of disability, yet many don’t know their risk. American Stroke Month is an annual opportunity to get the word out.
Prompt treatment may make the difference between life and death — or the difference between a full recovery and long-term disability. If you already know how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T., American Stroke Month is your chance to teach others.
F.A.S.T. action and stroke treatment can better your chances for recovery!
Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.
- Face drooping - Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
- Arm tingling - 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.
Watch this video and learn how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T.!