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Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

by Katheryn T. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have joined with the Ad Council to launch their first national multimedia public service advertising campaign (PSA) to raise awareness about F.A.S.T., an acronym for recognizing and responding to the sudden warning signs of stroke.

When you can spot the signs, you'll know quickly that you need to call 9-1-1 for help. This is important because the sooner a stroke victim gets to the hospital, the sooner they'll get treatment. And that can make a remarkable difference in their recovery.

F.A.S.T. is:

Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

Time to call 911 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Help spread the word by sharing this infographic, video PSA, or Facebook cover photo with your friends and family today! 

Visit the Together to End Stroke webpage for more information.

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  • Great campaign!  If you haven''t previewed, it is worth your time.

    — Meighan V.

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