University of Chicago Medicine Urges People to Act FAST During Stroke Awareness Month


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CHICAGO, IL – As May is Stroke Awareness Month, the University of Chicago Medicine is reminding people to act fast when recognizing the symptoms of a stroke. 

Stroke symptoms can include face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty. If someone experiences these symptoms, even temporarily, it’s important to call 911 for help. To identify face drooping, ask the person to smile and see if their smile is uneven or lopsided. 

For arm weakness, ask the person to raise both arms and see if one arm drifts downward. Lastly, for speech difficulty, ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. 

Early action can save lives during a stroke.


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