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Act F.A.S.T - Stroke Symptoms and Prevention

Quick thinking may help you lessen brain damage that may result from a stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to your brain is reduced depriving the brain of oxygen, and nutrients. The CDC advises that treating a stroke F.A.S.T can reduce damage to the brain.

While a stroke my come on without warning, knowing the signs and symptoms may save your life. If you are experiencing any of the following stroke symptoms call 9-1-1 immediately:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially if only on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If you think someone may be experiencing a stroke, use these guidelines suggested by the CDC:
  • 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 phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
  • T- Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

While you should never ignore any of these symptoms, having one or more of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you are having a stroke. If you suspect you are at a higher risk of having a stroke, speak with your health care provider about preventive measures.

To learn more about stroke, please visit the CDC’s website

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