There is an acronym, that is helpful for recognizing symptoms of a stroke, to help get immediate help, and minimize long term effects, that can be devastating.

I was with a friend, quite a few years ago, when she had a stroke. She refused to let me call an ambulance, but I insisted on taking her to the ER. By getting her there quickly, they were able to give her a clot buster, and her stroke symptoms were minimal. With therapy, she got even better. Act FAST, ya hear ? ? ? ;-}

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The lasting effects of a stroke may include paralysis, poor memory and loss of speech. Just knowing the meaning of FAST may get you to the hospital quicker to prevent prolonged damage.

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