FAST interaction can improve stroke recovery
Nurse Practitioner Maria Lumbrazo, Upstate's Stroke Prevention Coordinator, speaks about the hospital's award-winning stroke care at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 on Health Link on Air, on Newsradio FM 106.9 and AM 570 WSYR.
One thing you can do to improve a person's chances of recovering from stroke is to recognize symptoms of stroke -- and act quickly. Memorize F-A-S-T.
F is for "face." Does the person's face look uneven? Does their smile droop, or are they drooling on one side?
A is for "arms." Ask the person to raise his or her arm. Is one noticeably weaker than the other?
S is for "speech." Is the person's speech slurred? Do they sound confused and disoriented?
T is for "time." If someone exhibits these symptoms, he or she may be experiencing a stroke. Call 911 immediately.
Listen to Lumbrazo's interview.
Read about Upstate's Gold Plus award for stroke care.