One in every three people do not know the warning signs of a stroke, according to the American Stroke Association. In honor of World Stroke Day on October 29th, they urged people to learn the “F.A.S.T. Song,” to help remember how to spot the most common signs of a brain attack and what to do if one occurs. Stroke is the second-leading cause of death and the most common cause of long-term disability. It requires immediate medical attention. The sooner a stroke is identified and treated, the better the likelihood of a positive outcome. “Recognizing stroke right away and calling 9-1-1 is the key when it comes to stroke….there is a short window for the patient to be evaluated at a hospital and receive treatment like a clot-busting drug or clot-removal device,” says Dr. Jeffrey Saver at the University of California, Los Angeles.
American Stroke Association, news release October 19th, 2015. http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/General/World-Stroke-Day-2012_UCM_444999_SubHomePage.jsp