Stroke is one of the leading causes of death, and the leading cause of disability in this country.
Now the National Stroke Association is taking a new approach to educating people about the warning signs. They're trying to reach parents and grandparents through all those cute little kids in the family, by teaching the youngsters a little hip-hop advice.
The first stop in this experiment is Jackson Elementary in Harlem. The 5th graders there learned that an easy way to spot the signs of a stroke is to think fast, as in F-A-S-T.
The Stroke Association is targeting African American communities because it says that group is more likely to wait later to seek emergency treatment for a stroke.
Not only do the kids have a good time learning this way, but a test 6 months after the hip hop lesson showed that 80 percent of the kids remembered "FAST" and how that could help you spot a stroke. The reason it's so important to take those signs and get to the hospital fast is that stroke damage can often be reversed if it is treated within the first 3 hours after symptoms appear.