According to the National Stroke Association, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. There are ways that your body can tell you that you are having a stroke, but do you know what they are?

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Strokes can result in severe brain damage, and can even be fatal, which is why if you think you may be having one, it is an emergency. Not only is it important to get help quickly, but also, think F.A.S.T. — Face, Arm, Speech and Time.

The National Stroke Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians recommend asking these four questions if you, or someone else, may be having a stroke:

  1. Is one side of the face drooping?
  2. Is one arm weaker than the other?
  3. Are you, or someone else, having difficulty with speech?
  4. Time is critical; call 9-1-1.

The American Heart Association shows us how our bodies can communicate that a stroke may be happening. May is National Stroke Awareness Month, but it's important to be aware all the time. Know the signs, and be prepared to prevent a fatal stroke for you or a loved one.