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Stroke

  • Use the FAST test to recognize and respond to the signs of stroke

    • 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 sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
    • Time: If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 9-1-1 immediately.

    Fast action can save brain function when having a stroke. There are a number of effective treatments for stroke, but they are most effective only in the first few hours after stroke symptoms start.

    Source: National Stroke Association 

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    Beyond F.A.S.T. – other symptoms you should know

    If you have any of the following, call 911 right away:

    • Weakness: sudden or temporary weakness, numbness or paralysis in an arm, hand, leg or facial muscles, usually on one side of the body
    • Vision problems: sudden blurred double vision or dimness in one or both eyes
    • Confusion: sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding language, or thinking
    • Loss of balance: sudden clumsiness, incoordination, loss of balance or dizziness
    • Headache: sudden severe headache (the worst headache of your life)

    Fast action can save brain function when having a stroke. There are a number of effective treatments (link to treatment page) for stroke, but they are most effective only in the first hours after stroke symptoms start.  

  • What is a stroke?

    Symptoms and signs

    Risk factors and prevention

    Emergency room treatment of a stroke


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