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New stroke guidelines

911 phoneThe American Stroke Association (ASA) has released updated guidelines for treating stroke. The new guidelines stress seeking help immediately when stroke symptoms are present by calling 911 and going to a hospital with a stroke center, if one is available. Promptly receiving clot-busting treatment, such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), is critical to minimizing brain damage and speeding recovery.

It’s important to know the signs of a stroke so you can act quickly if you or a loved one experiences them. The great way to remember the signs of stroke is by using the acronym F.A.S.T.:

  • Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
  • Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb?
  • Speech difficulty: Is your speech slurred, are you unable to speak or are you hard to understand?
  • Time to call 911: If you have any of these symptoms—even if they go away—call 911 and get to the hospital right away.