…Determine if someone is having a stroke

Think F.A.S.T.

Face: Ask the person to smile. Notice a droop to one side?

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Ask the person to say a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can they repeat the sentence correctly?

Time. Time is critical. If any of these symptoms exist, call 911, or go to the emergency room immediately.

-—Stephanie Abbati ’06

Abbati, of Branford, Conn., is a registered nurse with NovaPro Travel Nurse Company.