Act Fast If you Suspect a Stroke

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Monday was World Stroke Day, a reminder that strokes can happen to anyone at any age.  New research shows the average age has declined from 71 to 69 with one in five strokes occurring in someone under age 55.

The American Stroke Association and the National Stroke Association encourage you to act "FAST" if you suspect a stroke.
FAST stands for

Face -- Ask the person to smile.  Does one side of his or her face droop?

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

Speech -- Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his or her speech slurred or strange?

Time -- If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

Fox 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean tells us how fast action helped save one metro man from disability.

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