Learning signs of stroke is easy as F.A.S.T. - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/30/09

Learning signs of stroke is easy as F.A.S.T.

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By Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - You wouldn't think that a heart attack is going to happen to you, especially if you're young, but age is apparently not a factor for having a stroke. 

Joe Shin was playing basketball at the age of 28, when he began to see double, lose some movement in his arms and legs, and had trouble speaking. His buddies quick actions by calling 911 probably saved his life. 

"Calling 911 is what makes a difference in whether you're going to have a favorable outcome from stroke or not," said Neal Rutledge, M.D., at the Surgeon-Brain and Spine Center in Austin.

Joe got to the emergency room early enough to get the clot-buster, T.P.A., which can reverse stroke damage within three hours after the onset of symptoms.  If you see someone you think might be having a stroke, Dr. Rutledge says, think F.A.S.T.  The acronym F.A.S.T. relates to important information about the symptoms of a stroke.

"F" is for Facial-weakness

"A" is Arm-weakness

"S" means Speech problems

"T" is for Time to call 911.

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