Act “FAST” If You Suspect A Stroke

Time is everything in the event of a stroke. The quicker treatment is started, the better the outcome. Yet far too many people do not act rapidly enough if they (or someone they are with) are exhibiting stroke symptoms.


Researchers looked at stroke patients who arrived at Emergency Rooms from 2003-2010 and found that more than 1/3 of them (37%) did NOT call for emergency services.  They found other means of transportation to the hospital.  This translates to precious time lost when a professional EMT could have been providing treatment en-route in an ambulance.


So, always call 911 if you suspect a stroke.  The acronym, F.A.S.T. should help you recognize the warning sings:

F – Facial drooping

A – Arm weakness

S – Speech difficulty

T – Time to call 911


In the case of the most common stroke (ischemic), the administering of a clot-busting drug within the first few hours of symptom onset dramatically improves recovery.  Don’t waste time if you think something’s wrong . . . better to err on the over-cautious side.

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