• SOURCE: American Heart Association

Know the Signs of Stroke



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ANCHOR LEAD: Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States, and the number four cause of death. Brian Osuch finds out why it’s so important to act fast when the symptoms appear. (:60) SCRIPT: Health Care Now, I’m Brian Osuch. Supermodel Claudia Mason was 40, healthy and active when she had her stroke. CUT: (Mason) I had the worst headache of my entire life and I thought it was a migraine. My visual field was going in and out, which was very alarming. My visual field started to come back, so I went home. The next day I took myself to the hospital because there was still a deficit to the left side. And that is when they told me that I indeed had a stroke. SCRIPT: Many stroke patients don’t get to the hospital in time for lifesaving treatments. That’s why through its Together to End Stroke initiative, the American Stroke Association and Covidien are teaching people to act F.A.S.T. Dr. Carolyn Brockington… CUT: (Dr. Brockington) We want people to act fast. So, if you think of the word, “F” is for face – if someone’s face is drooping maybe they’re having a stroke. “A” is for arms – arm weakness. “S” is for speech – slurred speech or problems with language. And “T” is for time – you need to call 911 immediately. So, act F.A.S.T. SCRIPT: Learn all of the signs of stroke at StrokeAssociation.org. That’s Health Care Now from the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.
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