Responding to Stroke

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Medford, Ore. —   Every 40 seconds, somewhere in America, someone has a stroke. It is a leading cause of death in the U.S.  – claiming more than 130,000 lives every year.

During the month of May, National Stroke Awareness Month, health professionals are reminding everyone to know the signs of a stroke.  The National Stroke Association uses the FAST test to educate people the importance of recognizing a stroke.

F – FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the mouth or face droop?

A – ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Can one arm not be raised?

S – SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a sentence. Can they repeat it correctly? Do they slur the words?

T – TIME: If the person exhibits any problems with these it’s time to call for emergency help.