On the way home from work I noticed a billboard with F.A.S.T on it. This is a very important message. Do you know what it means?
It is a mnemonic for stroke! Face, Arms, Speech, and Time
If you think that a person is having (or has had) a stroke, call 9-1-1 or the designated emergency number immediately! Note when the signs and symptoms first started (or, if you do not know when the signs and symptoms started, note the last time the person was known to be well). This is important information to give to EMS personnel because some of the medications used to treat stroke are only effective within a certain time frame after the onset of signs and symptoms. Stay with the person and provide reassurance until help arrives. If the person is responsive but not fully awake, or if the person is drooling or having trouble swallowing, put the person in the recovery position and monitor the person’s condition until EMS arrive.
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