• The VIC Vascular Team

F.A.S.T - It is not just a speed

Your vascular health can play a big role in the potential of someone suffering from the effects of a stroke.

A stroke is a sudden interruption in the blood supply to the brain. Most are caused by blockages in the arteries leading to the brain.

As May is Stroke Awareness Month, it is time to remember the potential signs of stroke. Just remember F.A.S.T.

F – Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or does it feel numb?

A – Arm Weakness – If one arm is weak or numb, try raising both arms. One arm may drift downward.

S – Speech – Slurred speech or simply unable to speak.

T – Time to Call 9-1-1 – If a person shows these symptoms, it is time to call 9-1-1 and go to the hospital immediately, even if the symptoms go away.

A diagnostic ultrasound of the carotid artery can help determine warning signs of stroke. If you are concerned, talk to your primary care provider.

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