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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

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It doesn't take a stroke of luck to prevent a stroke. It takes action and awareness. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and the No. 1 cause of adult disability. So, if you think someone may be having a stroke, act FA...

It doesn't take a stroke of luck to prevent a stroke. It takes action and awareness. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and the No. 1 cause of adult disability. So, if you think someone may be having a stroke, act FAST. The acronym FAST stands for: FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of his or her face droop? ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Can he or she repeat the sentence correctly? Are the words slurred? TIME: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is of the essence! Call 9-1-1. In 1989, the National Stroke Association received a Presidential Proclamation recognizing May as National Stroke Awareness Month in an effort to raise public awareness about stroke risk factors, prevention, symptom recognition, and acting FAST to treat stroke.