Dr. Jennifer Majersik shares the acronym F.A.S.T. and the four easy ways you can diagnose a stroke.

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Apr 13, 2017 — When it comes to a stroke, time is of the essence. The faster treatment can be administered the less likely the victim is to suffer long-term or life-threatening effects. But if you or a loved one were experiencing a stroke would you know what to look for? On this Health Minute, Dr. Jennifer Majersik shares the acronym F.A.S.T. and the four easy ways you can diagnose a stroke.

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Interview

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Interviewer: Often when a person's having a stroke they don't even realize it. That's why it's important that you should be able to recognize the signs. Dr. Jennifer Majrtsik, what are the signs of a stroke?

Dr. Majrtsik: The signs of a stroke can be remembered by using the easy acronym FAST, F-A-S-T. F is for face and we look for weakness on one side of the face or a facial droop. You can just ask somebody to smile and see if their smile is crooked. A is for arm and it's for arm strength. You ask the patient to lift up both arms and see if one of them can't lift or can't move.

S is for speech and we really see if they can both make speech and understand speech, and it should be clear. Last, T is for time because time is of the essence. We only have a short period in which to give the medicine for stroke, and the sooner you recognize a stroke, the sooner you can call 911 and the medical team can spring into action.

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