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Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

When a patient is under the care of our medical staff, it’s easier for the trained professional to catch the symptoms of a stroke. But do you know what to do if you notice someone with stroke symptoms in the cafeteria? The lobby? In the parking lot?

Remember to Act F.A.S.T.!

F. Check the person’s Face.  Ask them to smile. The face may droop or look twisted, especially around the mouth.

A. Have the person raise his or her Arms in front of them. One arm may drift down when held out straight.

S. Check his or her Speech by having the person repeat a phrase like, “baseball player.” His or her speech may be garbled or jumbled.

T. If any of those tests show symptoms of a stroke, it’s Time to call for help.

Outside of the hospital, calling 911 is still the best course of action. Inside, please call for help immediately, because time is brain loss.

This information is provided by the Wallace-Kettering Neuroscience Institute, which offers comprehensive stroke services that includes Neurointerventional Services for patients with stroke. Find out more at our stroke and WKNI websites.

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May 1, 2014