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SCRMC | Stroke Part 1 – FAST

Posted on November 6, 2017

A stroke is the sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen caused by a blockage of blockage of blood flow or rupture of an artery to the brain.  Blake Munna, stroke coordinator at South Central, explains that some of the signs and symptoms of a stroke could be slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, arm drift, and less strength in one arm or leg.  To recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke, there is a mnemonic, FAST.  F would be facial drooping, A would be arm drift, S would be speech difficulty, and T would be time to call 911.  If you notice any of these signs and symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately so the stroke team can tend to you.  Remember time is the key when you’re having a stroke.  The quicker the response, the quicker the recovery.