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Act Fast to Recognize the Signs of Stroke

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability, especially if not addressed immediately. Would you recognize the signs?
Air Date: January 14, 2014
Duration: 10 Minutes
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: John P. Higgins MD
John HigginsJohn P. Higgins MD, MBA (Hons), MPHIL, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FACSM, FASNC, FSGC is a sports cardiologist for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the Harris Health System. His research interests include the effects of energy beverages on the body, and screening for underlying cardiovascular abnormalities in 12-year-olds (6th graders), and steroid effects on the cardiovascular system.
Act Fast to Recognize the Signs of Stroke
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability. Stroke can (and often does) occur without warning, and its effects can be devastating. For people experiencing the symptoms of stroke time is of the essence.

The symptoms of stroke need to be recognized quickly and immediate action needs to be taken.

F.A.S.T., which is the acronym being promoted through the AHA/ASA's Together to End Stroke initiative, is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke.

F stands for face drooping;
A for arm weakness;
S for speech difficulty, all of which are major symptoms of stroke.
T stands for time, which emphasizes the severity of the situation and indicates the need to immediately call 911.

Sports cardiologist, Dr. John P. Higgins, MD, discusses the signs to help you recognize when a stroke is happening to you or a loved one.


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