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American Stroke Month

Strokes can happen to anyone, at any age. Having a stroke puts you at higher risk for a second one. Learn the f.a.s.t. warning signs of stroke and know your risk factors. Together, we can be a bold advocate for ourselves and others.

Learning F.A.S.T. Can Save Lives

When you spot a stroke warning sign, act fast. Recognizing the stroke warning signs and calling 911 immediately may make the difference between a strong recovery or long-term disability; survival or death.

Hover—or click if you’re on your smartphone—on the F.A.S.T. tiles to learn the warning signs behind each letter.

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Letter F
[F = FACE DROOPING] Does one side of the face droop, or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
letter A
[A = ARM WEAKNESS] Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
letter S
[S = SPEECH] Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue."
Letter t
[T = TIME TO CALL 911] If you have any of these symptoms or see someone else having them, call 911 immediately!

The F.A.S.T. Experience

In this interactive environment, you’ll learn what the warning signs of stroke might look, feel and/or sound like.

Learn to Act F.A.S.T.

A colorful illustration of a pink brain character with each arm around a cardboard box in a park setting

Prevent a Second Stroke

Together we can prevent stroke. Learn ways to prevent another stroke

Having a stroke puts you at a higher risk for a second one, however, stroke survivors have the power to reduce their risk for having another stroke. There are things you can do to reduce your risk, starting with identifying what caused your stroke and uncovering all of your personal risk factors.

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The HCA Healthcare Foundation is the national sponsor of Getting to the Heart of Stroke™

Professional Stroke Resources

For 100 years, the American Heart Association, has worked to build longer, healthier lives. This May, for American Stroke Month, view these professional resources on stroke prevention and treatment to support your patients.