May is National Stroke Awareness Month.
Stroke strikes FAST, and you should, too! Many people don’t know that being able to recognize and respond to stroke symptoms can save lives.
A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. That’s why a stroke should be treated as an emergency.
Recognizing stroke symptoms can be easy if you remember to think FAST. Use F.A.S.T to remember the warning signs:
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. Does the speech sound slurred?
T= Time: If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1.
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