How to Identify a Stroke F.A.S.T.

Dr. Aleks Tkach from the University of Utah Health Care talks about Stroke Awareness Month in May.

According to the American Stroke Association (ASA), someone in the U.S. experiences a stroke every 40 seconds.

Stroke is also the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the third leading cause of death in Utah.

Stroke is an important issue in Utah. In recent years hospitals throughout Utah have been involved in a major effort to decrease the time it takes to administer clot-busting drugs to patients who are experience a stroke. In fact, Utah hospitals were recently ranked #1 in the nation at administering clot-busting medication to stroke patients within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital.

Several factors contribute to the fact that more patients throughout the beehive state have access to world-class stroke care than ever before (new technology, increase in facilities, etc.).

University of Utah Hospital has been instrumental in creating an effective Telestroke program that allows residents in rural areas of the state gain immediate access to the world-class stroke care offered at University of Utah Hospital.

University of Utah Hospital is recently received the designation of Comprehensive Stroke Center by the DNV, making it the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in Utah.

Even with new technology and improved methods of stroke care, the best way to improve your chances of recovery and survival from a stroke is to be fully aware of the signs of a stroke, and to get help FAST!

For stroke victims, quickly recognizing the signs of a stroke is crucial in order to receive effective treatment and to improve chances of a full recovery. In fact, the ASA has created the acronym, FAST, to help individuals recognize a stroke:
Face — Does one side droop?
Arms — Does one arm drift downward?
Speech — Are words slurred or mispronounced?
Time — call 911 now!

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