Friday, January 29, 2010

Here's a F.A.S.T. video

The word is F.A.S.T.: Face, Arm, Speech, Time

That is, as explained by the National Stroke Association:

F = Face
• Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A = Arms
• Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = Speech
• Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the person repeat the sentence correctly?

T = Time
• If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 or get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.

Awareness of the signs and symptoms of a stroke are key to saving a life - yours or someone else's.

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