(CNN) – Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America, killing more than 129,000 people each year. While that may seem like a lot, there are about 7 million stroke survivors.
A stroke is a dysfunction in the brain that results either from lack of blood going to the brain or a burst blood vessel in the brain. Getting treatment as quickly as possible is essential to reduce the impact of a stroke, so it’s important to know how to spot the signs.
It comes down to four letters: F.A.S.T.
- F is for face if there is any sort of facial asymmetry if you ask somebody to smile if there is one side that’s drooping.
- A is for arm if there is arm weakness. You have people lift up both arms and if one side seems to be drifting down like it’s weak that can be a sign of a stroke.
- S is speech disturbance – again word finding trouble or slurred speech.
- T actually is for time which means when you’re having stroke symptoms you shouldn’t waste time you need to call 911.
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