What is a Stroke? Getting Help ‘FAST’

From the Doctor’s Blog July 8, 2015

Learn the Warning Signs – Act FAST – You Can Help Save a Life

Stroke, Getting Help FAST
F Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A  Arms:  Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T Time: If you observe ANY of these signs CALL 9-1-1 immediately.

Note the time of the first symptom, this information is important and can affect treatment decisions.

Stroke, Getting Help FAST

A stroke can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.

According to the National Stroke Association:
• Every 4 minutes someone dies from stroke.
• Each year nearly 800,000 people experience a stroke.
• Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S.
• Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability.


The Stroke Help Line is a volunteer-staffed call center for survivors, caregivers and family members. Phones are staffed Monday through Friday.

1 – 800 – STROKES (787-6537)

What is a Stroke? Watch this video!

Produced by HealthSketch, this is an informative animated video about strokes – causes, symptoms and getting help FAST.

This article is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Please consult your health care professional for evaluation of your individual case.