Act FAST. Every Minute Matters.
Click Here or scan the QR Code to learn more about the symptoms of Stroke according to the American Heart Association.
FAST is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. If you think you may be experiencing any signs or symptoms of a stroke, call 9-1-1 and seek medical attention immediately.
- Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
- Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
- Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.
Seek Care Immediately!
In addition to learning the FAST acronym, other symptoms can include sudden confusion, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking or loss of balance, and sudden onset of a severe headache with no known cause. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you feel you, or a loved one, are experiencing any symptoms of stroke, seek immediate medical attention.
Gold Plus for Stroke
Fauquier Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability. The American Heart Association presents Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GoldPlus award for proven dedication to ensuring all stroke patients have access to best practices and life-saving care.
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