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Help save a life with the free F.A.S.T. mobile app

by on May 27, 2014
 

Last year 795,000 people suffered a stroke in the United States. During May, American Stroke Month, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association urges everyone to be prepared to identify a stroke fast with the free F.A.S.T. mobile app.

You can use it to recognize and respond to the sudden warning signs of stroke and find award-winning stroke centers near you.

Here’s how:

The acronym F.A.S.T. is used to help people to recognize a stroke and what to do if one occurs:

  • F – Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
  • A – Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S – Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • T – Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

 

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