Baton Rouge, LA (NBC 33/Fox 44)
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death among Americans. So when it comes to stroke, the word “FAST” is something health experts say we should all keep in mind. It’s an acronym used to help us all remember how to detect and respond to a stroke if and when it happens. The F-stands for facial drooping, The A-speaks to arm numbness, S-reminds us that there can be speech difficulty involved, and the T-stands for time to call 9-1-1.
Experts with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South say the “T” is very important, since getting the right treatment as quickly as possible, can prevent death or other long term consequences.
Here’s how CIS’s Dr. Niksad Abraham broke it down for us: “For stroke, there is that time window, the first three to six hours, where they can use certain medications, like stronger blood thinners, thrombolytic agents, that can only be used within that time frame, so reaching the hospital within that time frame is very important”.
For more facts on stroke, visit the American Stroke Association’s website.