The month of May is Stroke Month to raise public awareness.
The American Stroke Association developed this easy-to-remember guide to help identify the signs of a stroke.
F.A.S.T. – Signs of Stroke Should Prompt FAST Action
F – Face drooping. Is one side of the person’s face drooping or numb? When he or she smiles, is the smile uneven?
A – Arm weakness. Is the person experiencing weakness or numbness in one arm? Have the person raise both arms. Does one of the arms drift downward?
S – Speech difficulty. Is the person’s speech suddenly slurred or hard to understand? Is he or she unable to speak? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Can he or she repeat it back?
T – Time to call 9-1-1. If any of these symptoms are present, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Check the time so you can report when the symptoms began.
Below are some general resources to learn more about stroke: