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Learn to Recognize the Signs of Stroke During National Stroke Awareness Month

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have teamed up in honor of National Stroke Awareness Month. Since May is also designated as American Stroke Awareness Month, we are doing our part to spread awareness by sharing this information with you today.

We want to urge all of you to print this list of stroke signs from the American Heart and American Stroke Associations, and remember that the acronym F.A.S.T could help you save someone’s life. May we suggest that you post this somewhere that is readily available for your quick reference?

Look for These Signs of a Stroke

F – Face drooping – Ask the person you suspect is having a stroke to smile. If you notice a lopsided smile, where one side of the face is drooping or numb, this is one of the signs.

A – Arm weakness – When you ask the suspected stroke victim to raise both arms, what do you see? Do they have numbness or weakness on one side, or does one arm drift down?  Another potential sign.

S – Speech difficulty – When you try to talk to the person you think is having a stroke, ask them to repeat a simple sentence. If they have slurred speech, can’t remember or say the sentence incorrectly or can’t speak at all, this is the third potential sign.

T – Time – After going through the three steps above, if you answer yes to all of them, call 9-1-1 immediately. Write down the time you noticed the symptoms because that will be important information for doctors in the emergency room.

When it comes to survival, recovery, or long term prognosis, the sooner you get a person who shows these signs of suffering a stroke, the better the likely outcome.

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