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Be Fast- Recognizing a Stroke


Each year, approximately 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke.


The FAST mnemonic is a great way to help remember the early signs and symptoms of a stroke. Knowing what to look for and getting immediate help from Emergency Medical Services can improve the care that the victim receives.

FAST

F- Face: When smiling, does one side droop?

A- Arms: When the arms are raised, does one drift?

S- Speech: Difficulty speaking or understanding

T- Time: Call 911 if you notice any of these symptoms.


While anyone can have a stroke, some conditions can increase the chances. The conditions that can increase the risk of strokes include high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. Strokes cannot always be prevented but you can take steps to decreases these risks.


All statistics and information included in this post was gathered from: https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/facts.htm

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