Recognizing Stroke: Act F.A.S.T.
According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Because stroke is also the leading cause of disability, it is important to quickly recognize the signs of a stroke using F.A.S.T. :
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is her speech slurred or strange?
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
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