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Methodist In The Media

30 Apr

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.”

Omaha World-Hearld LiveWell Magazine: When it comes to a stroke, thinking F.A.S.T. could make all the difference