MAY IS STROKE AWARENESS MONTH

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The public is encouraged to learn the F.A.S.T. signs and to share them with as many people as possible. Teach your family, friends and coworkers to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. and call 911 immediately. Remember: The sooner stroke is treated, the better the odds of survival and a full recovery.

Look for these signs and act:

Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. 

Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech Difficulty – Is the person’s speech slurred? Is he or she unable to speak or difficult to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence such as, “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 911 and get him or her to the hospital immediately.

For more information, visit the American Stroke Association.