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May is American Stroke Month

Posted at 1:24 PM, May 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-26 17:07:48-04

RICHMOND, Va - May is American Stroke Month, and Dr. Warren Felton, Medical Director at VCU’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, visited the studio with some important information regarding signs and symptoms of a stroke. If someone is having a stroke, every second counts. The Acronym FAST is often used

  • 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.

For more information visit www.StrokeAssociation.org.