Do you know the warning signs of a stroke? Act F.A.S.T.

If you or someone around you had a stroke, would you be able to recognize the signs?

When it comes to stroke, time is of the essence. The faster you recognize the warning signs of a stroke and call 9-1-1, the more time doctors have to administer clot-busting drugs or other therapies. These clot-busters help save brain function.

So, what are the warning signs of a stroke, according to the American Heart Association?

The F.A.S.T. formula

F:  Face drooping

A:  Arm weakness

S:  Speech difficulty

T:  Time to call 911

Fewer people in the United States are dying from strokes, but the number of strokes has remained about the same. And their findings bear out the South’s reputation as the nation’s so-called “stroke belt,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the CDC report on stroke prevalence from 2006 to 2010, the number of self-reported strokes dipped slightly from 2.7 percent to 2.6 percent during that time. However, disparities still exist by geography, race and ethnicity. Older people, American Indians/Alaska Natives, blacks and people with lower levels of education had more strokes than younger people, whites and those with higher levels of education, the researchers found.

Deaths from stroke decreased significantly, with the CDC reporting a 3.6 percent decline from 2007 to 2008. More people survive strokes primarily because of better treatment.

Because the first three hours after a stroke are critical for treatment, it’s important to have a stroke center close to you.  Learn why it’s good to know which local hospitals offer in-depth care for stroke patients in this segment from Good Morning Texas with Alwin Arendse, D.O., an emergency medicine physician on the medical staff at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, or view it below.

8 questions that can predict your risk of having a stroke

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Susan Hall
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Susan joined Baylor many years ago when Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas was the only Baylor facility in the area. When not at work, she’s outside – Big Bend National Park is her favorite with Glacier National Park a close second.

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Do you know the warning signs of a stroke? Act F.A.S.T.