Hello, this is Gary in the Emergency Services Department at Rogue Community College.
This year, more than half a million Americans will suffer a stroke- a medical emergency that occurs when blood supply to the brain is disrupted. Immediate treatment can greatly improve a person’s chances of returning to a normal, independent life. That is why you need to call early.
The key is to act FAST–that’s F.A.S.T.–the symptoms you need to watch for:
- F is for facial numbness or weakness, especially on one side.
- A is for arm numbness or weakness, especially on one side.
- S is for slurred speech or difficulty speaking.
- T is to remind you that it is Time to call 911.
At RCC, we train EMTs and paramedics in how to recognize and treat these life-threatening emergencies, but your quick action can help save a life.