Know the Warning Signs of a Stroke

It's the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability, but knowing the warning signs of a stroke and getting help in a timely manner can save a live and lessen the impact.   Ted Lowenkopf, MD, Medical Director of Providence Stroke Center and stroke survivor Roma Patton joined us for National Stroke Awareness Month.

There's a simple way to recognize the symptoms of a stroke-- just remember the word "FAST":

  • F is Face  Ask the person to smile.  Does one side of the face droop?
  • A is Arm  Ask the person to raise both arms.  Does one arm drift downward?
  • S is Speech  Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase.  Does his/her speech sound slurred or strange?
  • T is Time  If you observe any of these signs call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you'd like to help raise awareness and learn more about preventing strokes, attend this free event:

  • Streaks for Stroke
  • Saturday, May 7 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
  • Washington Square Mall, below Food Court

For more information, visit our Family Matter's page.

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