Stroke symptoms, program

To recognize a stroke, learn American Heart Association’s F.A.S.T. test:

Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

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

Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

Time to call 911: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first stroke symptoms appeared. A clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) may improve the chances of getting better but only if you get them help right away.

Stroke prevention program

In this first series of programs on “You and Your Health,” representatives from Baton Rouge General Hospital will discuss ways to prevent a stroke.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.

WHERE: East Baton Rouge Parish Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road.

REGISTRATION & INFO: Call (225) 756-1180.

DETAILS: Experts will discuss the importance of identifying a stroke and seeking treatment in the all-important first four hours following a stroke.

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