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Know the Signs, Get Help FAST to Increase Chance of Recovery from Stroke

Time saved is brain saved for someone experiencing a stroke. 

A stroke happens when something interrupts the steady flow of blood to the brain. From the onset of the first symptom, every minute is critical to prevent more and more brain cells from dying.  

The FAST system can help people recognize 75% of strokes (see graphic below). 

Other warning signs are: 

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • 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 with no known cause

The sooner you spot the warning signs and call 9-1-1, the more likely you are to help save a life and reduce the chance of disability. 

This information is intended for educational purposes only. For health, legal, tax, or financial advice, please contact your professional advisors.  


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