May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in America and the number one leading cause of disability. At Presbyterian Healthcare Services, the focus is to help everyone know the signs and symptoms of stroke so lives can be saved.
According to the American Stroke Association, people who learn and share the F.A.S.T warning signs might be able to save someone’s life. Below are the F.A.S.T warning signs.
- FACE DROOPING Does on side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven or lopsided?
- ARM WEAKNENESS Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- SPEECH Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.
- TIME TO CALL 9-1-1 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.
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