Every year, about 800,000 people in the U.S. suffer strokes. A stroke happens when the blood supply to your brain is interrupted or reduced. Strokes can be devastating, but if you think F.A.S.T., then you may increase your chances of recovering, depending on the stroke’s severity.
Use F.A.S.T. to identify the common symptoms of stroke:
Face: You try to smile and 1 side of your face droops.
Arms: You attempt to raise your arms and 1 side drops down.
Speech: You speak and you have slurred speech or your speech sounds odd.
Time: Call 911 immediately if you have 1 or more of these symptoms.
Other signs include: dizziness, trouble walking, trouble seeing with 1 or both eyes, confusion, numbness or weakness on 1 side.
Reduce your risk of strokes by practicing these safe habits: Get plenty of exercise (if okayed by your health care provider), manage your cholesterol levels and blood pressure, eat healthy and lose weight if you’re overweight.