May is National Stroke Awareness Month

If you were with someone who was having a stroke would you know what to do? Nearly two million brain cells die each minute a stroke goes untreated.

Dr. Steven Warach with the Seton Dell Stroke Institute stopped by Good Day Austin to share what people need to be looking for.

People need to think FAST. It's an acronym about stroke warning signs and symptoms.

Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile and see if the smile is uneven.

Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech Difficulty: Is the person's speech slurred? Is she or he unable to speak or hard to understand? Can the person correctly repeat a simple sentence?

Time to Call 911: If someone shows any of these symptoms even if they go away call 911 and get that person to a hospital immediately.

Dr. Warach says it's important to remember when that person first exhibited any stroke symptoms. It can dictate the best treatment upon arrival. He encourages everyone to get their blood pressure checked as a preventative measure.


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