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Stroke Information from NPR
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All hospitals are NOT equal; most emergency rooms do NOT have a stroke specialist.

If you suspect you or a loved one are having a stroke, insist that drivers take you to a stroke center and NOT to the nearest hospital. Click the Website link above to find the nearest center.

Is it really a stoke?

Everyone should know the signs of stroke. By using the simple acronym F.A.S.T., you’ll be able to quickly recognize if your loved one may be suffering a stroke. That’s important because it could be a situation where seconds count. Take a few minutes to commit this acronym to memory:

FACE: Ask your loved one to smile and stick out his/her tongue. Does one side of his/her face droop, or does tongue fall to one side?

ARMS: Ask your loved one to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

SPEECH: Ask your loved one to repeat a simple phrase. Does his or her speech sound slurred or strange?

TIME: Time is crucial. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or your loved one has any of these symptoms.


 
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