The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association (www.heart.org) – a global force for healthier lives for all, is dedicated to saving people from stroke. Recognizing the stroke warning signs and calling 911 immediately may make the difference between a strong recovery or long-term disability, survival or death. New this year, by uploading a selfie and recording your voice, you can see and hear what some common stroke warning signs may look and sound like on you with the Association’s new F.A.S.T. experience.
Visit www.Stroke.org/Fast-Experience to use this new interactive tool to help you recognize stroke warning signs in yourself and others.
Learn how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T.:
- Face Dropping – Does one side off the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
- Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.”
- Time to call 911 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get to a hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.
For more information about the American Heart Association, visit www.heart.org.