Strokes–Signs & Symptoms

July 7, 2012 by Naomi
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May is recognized as Stroke Awareness Month.  According to the CDC, anyone can have a stroke, but certain behaviors and medical conditions can increase your chances. Fortunately, anyone can take steps to lower their risk.

If you think that someone may be having a stroke you can use this simple test from the National Stroke Association, called ACT FAST to determine signs and symptoms:

F= Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?

A=Arm. Ask them to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S=Speech. Ask them to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can they repeat the sentence?

T=Time. If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 or get to SCBH fast!


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