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Recognizing the Signs of a Stroke

Posted at 7:13 AM, May 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-15 14:56:02-04

According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 800,000 people die each year from strokes. Recognizing the sudden warning signs of stroke and alerting 9-1-1 immediately could save a life. There is a useful acronym to help you remember the signs of stroke called FAST.

Warning signs of stroke

-Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

-Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

-Sudden confusion and trouble speaking

-Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance

-Sudden and severe headache with no known cause

Remember FAST

F – Face: Ask the person to smile and look for face drooping

A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms and watch for one arm drifting down

S – Speech: Ask the person to repeat a sentence and listen for slurring

T – Time: If any of these signs are observed, call 9-1-1 immediately

Davis Hospital and Medical Center, Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, Jordan Valley Medical Center, and Pioneer Valley Hospital are offering a $30 Leg Screening for PAD and a $69 HeartView Screening. Schedule an appointment by calling 866-431-WELL (9355).