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DECEMBER 2016
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Think FAST Games

When you’re gathered with your family this holiday season, educate your loved ones using the simple acronym FAST that helps you remember the signs of stroke. Better yet, play our Think FAST Games where you can learn all about the FAST system in our fun games. Study the FAST system and then play four games, challenging each other to see who scores the highest.

To get you started, here’s a review of what FAST means:

  • F = FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • A = ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S = SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred?  
  • T = TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Knowing the early signs of stroke can save a loved one’s life. Talk about it this holiday season.

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