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.
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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.!