The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Ad Council want to raise awareness about F.A.S.T - an acronym used to recognize a stroke and what to do in case if a stroke emergency
F.A.S.T. stands for:
F - Face Drooping - Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
A - Arm Weakness - Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S - Speech Difficulty - Is speech slurred? Are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like: “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T- Time to call 9-1-1 - If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
When you recognize a stroke and immediately call 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for treatment options like a clot-busting drug and other medical devices.
Did you know that you can download an application on your phone that can help you identify symptoms of a stroke? Download the F.A.S.T. app for your smartphone at www.StrokeAssociation.org/warningsigns.