When It Comes to A Stroke, Think F.A.S.T.
Doing things fast can have its pros and cons. Driving fast could have an undesirable result, running fast will often end in victory.
When it comes to a stroke, being F.A.S.T. could mean the difference in a positive or negative outcome.
The American Heart Association (AHA) has long identified F.A.S.T. as the way to recognize the warning signs of a stroke:
- Face drooping
- Arm weakness
- Speech difficulty
Time to call 911
“Being aware, noticing these changes in someone and calling 911 to get that person immediate help can make a tremendous difference,” said Pam Stout, stroke program coordinator at Methodist Hospital. “When a person is suffering a stroke — minutes matter. The quicker they can receive treatment, the better their chance of recovering from the event.”