Acting F.A.S.T. to Prevent Stroke

Kearney Dawn Rotary was honored to host Kevin Vickers and Jenna Stubbs, RN, CEN from Kearney Regional Medical Center on Nov. 8, 2023.

The program, “Preventing Stroke” was very informative, and valuable. If you didn’t have the privilege of seeing in person, you can review the information in this post. Educate yourself, and SHARE this post, and you may save a life.

The F.A.S.T. method is a straightforward and effective way to recognize the signs of a stroke. F.A.S.T. stands for Face, Arms, Speech, and Time, each representing a key symptom to observe.

  1. “Face” involves checking if one side of the person’s face droops or if they have difficulty smiling.
  2. “Arms” refers to observing if the person can raise both arms without one arm drifting downwards.
  3. “Speech” is about assessing if their speech is slurred or sounds strange. 
  4. “Time” emphasizes the importance of quick action. If any of these symptoms are present, it’s crucial to call emergency services immediately, as timely medical intervention can significantly improve the outcome for someone experiencing a stroke.

Act F.A.S.T. Against Stroke!

Remember, when it comes to strokes, every second counts. Use the F.A.S.T. method to quickly identify the warning signs: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call emergency services.

Don’t hesitate, Call 9-1-1.

If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or someone else, call for medical help immediately. Your prompt action can save lives and prevent long-term disabilities.

Spread the word about F.A.S.T. – your knowledge could be a lifeline for someone in need. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against stroke!”

Click on the image below to view Jenna’s presentation.