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Robert R. Cawley, D.O.

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05/06/2016

Act F.A.S.T.

When having a stroke, every minute counts.

“The sooner a stroke is diagnosed, the sooner treatment and recovery can occur," says Dr. Gary Usher, Neurologist and Stroke Program Director at Wentworth-Douglass. "Each minute a stroke goes untreated and blood flow to the brain is impeded or blocked, more damage is being done ... With a stroke, on average, half the damage occurs within the first 90 minutes, 90 percent by three hours, and 99 percent by six hours. So, the sooner treatment starts, the better the chance for recovery." 

Know the Signs of a Stroke

There are four signs to help you recognize when someone is having a stroke. If you see these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. A F.A.S.T. reaction can make all the difference. 

stroke fast graphic.pngFACE
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?

ARM
Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one arm weak or numb? Does one arm drift downward?

SPEECH
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is the sentence repeated correctly? Is the speech slurred?

TIME
If the person shows any sign of these symptoms, call 911 or get to a hospital immediately.

DID YOU KNOW?
Eighty percent of all strokes are preventable. It starts with managing key risk factors, including high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, atrial fibrillation and physical inactivity. Talk to your doctor about your stroke risk factors. If you think someone is having a stroke, call 911 right away.

It is important not to ignore stroke symptoms. It’s also important to know you
have a Primary Stroke Center right here in Dover. The expert care team at
Wentworth-Douglass is ready when you or a loved one need help.

Learn more about Stroke Care at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. 

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