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What should I do if someone is having a stroke?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:

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 or strange?
T — TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

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