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Stroke is an Emergency: BE FAST

What do you do if you think someone is having a stroke?

Stroke Is an Emergency. Act F.A.S.T.

For Warning signs of a stroke, remember to BE FAST.

B (BALANCE): Watch for sudden loss of balance
E (EYES): Check for vision loss

F (FACE): Facial droop, uneven smile
A (ARM): Arm numbness, arm weakness
S (SPEECH): Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding
T (TIME): Call 911 to activate the Stroke Response Team

If you think someone may be having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately!

Time is essential in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke. The best chances of survival and recovery are if a person gets treatment within three hours. Do not waste any time.

Time lost is brain lost — have the ambulance go to the nearest certified stroke center.

It is important to know the warning signs of stroke and teach them to your friends and family. If someone is having a stroke, call 911 immediately!

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