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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