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.