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FAST System helps to Discern Stroke

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POSTED: Friday, May 4, 2012 - 10:41am

UPDATED: Friday, May 4, 2012 - 2:19pm

Charles Abrams, Critical Care Specialist at North Oaks Health System and Staff Nurse Toni Shirey, shared about the ABC's of a new way to tell if someone is haivng a stroke.  Toni Shirey broke down the acronym -FAST:  Face- Look at the person's face to see if one side is drooping, A-Arms-look and see if one arm is drooping; S-Speech- look and listen to the person and see if they are slurring their words- and T-Time- Time is of the essence in determining stroke.  Charles Abrams shared that  " Time is Brain "- for every minute that you wait when a person is having a stroke, there are 1.9 billion brain cells dying.  He also added that many people wait, thinking that they are just tired  and that this is not something to do because with a stroke, there are certain clotting drugs that can only be administered within the first three hours of a stroke to be effective. Who's most at risk ? -- Charles Abrams shared that the CDC says that in the last 10 years 37% of people who have had strokes are between the ages of 19 and 44 and that smoking, drinking, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure as well as family risk factors play in to the likelihood of having a stroke.  He shared that is is important to keep your eyes open for the predictors of stroke that the FAST method shows, and to talk to your doctor about risk factors. For more information call (985) 345-2700 or visit

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