Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation that May 2016 is American Stroke Awareness Month.

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the US. Every 40 seconds someone in the US has a stroke, yet 80% of strokes can be prevented.

If you suspect someone is experiencing a stroke, act FAST:

F = FACE: Does the person’s face droop on one side when he or she smiles?

A = ARM: After raising both arms, does one arm drift downward?

S = SPEECH: While repeating a simple phrase, does the person’s speech sound slurred or strange?

T = TIME: If any or all of the above are observed, call 911. Nearly two million brain cells die each minute a stroke goes untreated. The faster the person receives attention, the better his or her chances for recovery.