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Warning signs of a stroke

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Understanding and being aware of the warnings signs of a stroke  — as well as acting F.A.S.T — could save a life and make recovery easier for the survivor.

F.A.ST. stands for FACE, ARM, SPEECH, TIME:

F

Is one side of the face dropping? Look at their eye, cheek or lips to check for any unusual asymmetry or droopiness.

A

Is the person experiencing arm weakness? Ask them to raise both arms to shoulder height and check for one arm that seems lower than the other.

S

Is the person's speech slurred, or are they speaking in an unintelligible way?

T

It's time to call 911 or your local emergency services. Be sure to tell them you think it's a stroke.

Other important warning signs to be aware of are:

If you or someone around you are experiencing any of these warning signs, call 911 or your local emergency services immediately.

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