Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Most people know that a stroke is a dangerous health issue, but not as many people would be able to identify when it happens to them. A stroke can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or health history.
Fortunately, there are now life-saving treatments available if you recognize the symptoms of a stroke quickly and seek immediate medical attention.
If you think someone you know is having a stroke, remember the acronym “FAST.”
- F – Face drooping
- A – Arm weakness
- S – Speech difficulty
- T – Time to call 911
All of these symptoms may not occur with each stroke, so it’s important to take action immediately if any of them arise, even if they seem to go away.
Remember, a stroke is a medical emergency where time is critical. The sooner a stroke is treated, the better your chance of avoiding lasting brain damage or death.