Monday Health Minute | Published May 21, 2012

Symptoms of a stroke – National Stroke Awareness Month

In the United States, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term, adult disability. It is important to be familiar with the following symptoms:

  • Face or limbs - especially on one side of your body - are numb, tingling or weak
  • Loss of movement
  • Trouble speaking, particularly if slurring
  • Confusion and inability to understand simple statements
  • Issues with walking and balance
  • Extreme headache

When helping someone experiencing a stroke, remember F.A.S.T.:

  • Face: Ask them to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms: Ask them to lift both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech: Ask them to repeat one particular phrase. Is their speech slurred or unusual?
  • Time: If you observe any of the F.A.S.T. signs, call 911 immediately.

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