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Get help FAST when you see signs of stroke

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Written by Jennifer Palisoc

When someone is showing signs of a stroke, there’s no time to lose. A stroke is a medical emergency. The faster you can receive medical attention, the better chance of recovery.

The acronym FAST is a simple way to identify signs and symptoms of a stroke.  

Face: Is the face is drooping?
Arms:  Can you raise both arms?
Speech: Is the speech slurred, or jumbled?
Time to call 9-1-1

An infographic illustrating the four signs of a stroke is shown infront of three images of the same cartoon boy and one cell phone.

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Face: Is the face is drooping?
Arms:  Can you raise both arms?
Speech: Is the speech slurred, or jumbled?
Time to call 9-1-1

A stroke can happen to anyone: children, young people and the elderly. It occurs when blood flow to the brain suddenly slows or stops and when this happens it only takes a few minutes for damage to brain cells to begin.

There are also some atypical symptoms that may be signs of a transient ischemic attach (TIA) or “mini-stroke.” They are signs of stroke that are not as obvious as FAST and they can include such as dizziness or feeling confused.

Experts say, “time is brain.” To help save more brain from being damaged, act FAST and quickly. Call 9-1-1 to get help if you think you’re seeing signs of someone having a stroke. 

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Jennifer Palisoc

Jennifer Palisoc is a Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook.

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