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A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, and at any age. Stroke is a leading cause of death in Nebraska and across the US and is one of the leading causes of adult disability.

Learn to quickly identify the signs and symptoms of a stroke by using FAST:

F—Facial drooping. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the smile uneven or lopsided?

A—Arm weakness. Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downard?

S—Speech difficulty. Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the person able to correctly repeat the words?

T—Time to call 9-1-1. If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and say, “I think this is a stroke” to help get the person to the hospital immediately. Time is important! Don’t delay, and also note the time when the first symptoms appeared. Emergency responders will want to know.