Think FAST to Recognize Stroke Symptoms

With stroke, time is brain, which means that the sooner patients get to the nearest stroke-designated hospital, the better their outcome will be.

To recognize the stroke symptoms and signs–Think FAST:

Facial drooping: When one side of the face droops or is numb. Ask the person to smile to confirm whether there is facial drooping

Arm weakness: When one arm is weak or numb. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech problems: When the person can’t speak or is difficult to understand because of symptoms like slurring. Ask the person to repeat a sentence. Is the sentence repeated correctly?

Time to call 911: If you observe someone with any of these symptoms, call 911 to go a hospital immediately.

May Is Stroke Awareness Month

At special events this month, stroke coordinators will teach community members about recognizing stroke symptoms; stroke risk factors; stroke prevention; nutrition; heart health; and diabetes. Learn to Think FAST by calling 516-562-3822 for information on stroke presentations coming up at North Shore-LIJ hospitals.

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