FAST acronym can help you detect a stroke - Fox 2 News Headlines

FAST acronym can help you detect a stroke

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By Deena Centofanti
Fox 2 News Health Reporter

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- It's the second leading cause of death in the world and yet many don't know the warning signs of a stroke.

In recognition of World Stroke Day, the American Stroke Association and the Ad Council have a new public service announcement to help teach everyone about FAST -- the acronym that will help you diagnose if someone has had a stroke.

According to the announcement, F stands for "face drooping".  A is for "arm weakness".  S is for "speech difficulty", and T represents "time to call 911".

Time is so important because blood flow is being cut off from the brain.  If doctors can give a stroke patient clot busting medication within hours of a stroke, the damage can be greatly reduced.

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