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Baptist Health says act "FAST" to check for signs of a stroke

Doctors say time is of the essence when it comes to recognizing and treating a stroke. Here are some warning signs to look for:

Stroke Symptoms

Stroke symptoms vary depending on the severity and location of the damage and may go away and return, but typically may include

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache  

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately!

Act FAST

Use this acronym to check for signs of stroke:
F is for Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A is for Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S is for Speech. Ask the person to repeat a word or sentence. Are the words slurred?
T is for Time. If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 immediately.  

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