Respond F.A.S.T. to signs of stroke

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Updated Oct 31, 2016
Use the F.A.S.T. method to recognize signs of stroke. (Image Courtesy of the American Stroke Association)Use the F.A.S.T. method to recognize signs of stroke. (Image Courtesy of the American Stroke Association)

For World Stroke Day, Oct. 29, the American Stroke Association (ASA) offered a stern reminder: Responding F.A.S.T. to stroke could be the difference between getting the best treatment or disability or death.

Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide, and while that’s scary you can be prepared to recognize the symptoms and call for help.

The ASA recommends using the F.A.S.T. system to recognize stroke symptoms:

F – Face drooping. Is one side of the individual’s face drooping or numb? Is the person’s smile uneven? 

A – Arm weakness. Is one arm weak or numb? When they raise both arms, does one drift downward?

S – Speech difficulty. Are there signs they’re struggling to speak? Ask them to repeat a simple sentence. Do they repeat it correctly?

T – If you or another individual exhibit these symptoms, call 9-1-1. Even if the symptoms disappear, the ASA says to call 9-1-1 and seek help.

(Image Courtesy of American Stroke Association)(Image Courtesy of American Stroke Association)