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2. Symptoms of Stroke

If someone is experiencing any signs of stroke, he should seek immediate medical attention, even if the symptoms go away or are intermittent. To assess the signs of a stroke, use the FAST acronym:

  • Face: Smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms: Try to raise both arms. If one arm won't rise at all or droops downward, a stroke could be taking place.
  • Speech: Slurred speech is another sign of stroke.
  • Time: If someone is experiencing any of these symptoms, he should get medical attention immediately. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the more likely it is that the event will cause brain damage or disability.
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