Stroke is the sixth leading cause of death in Washington State according to the State Department of Health. It's also the leading cause of long-term disability worldwide.
Since stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, it's important to know the warning signs.
To recognize stroke, remember to act F.A.S.T.
Face: Ask a person to smile. Does one side of their 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 their speech slurred or difficult to understand?
Time to call 9-1-1: If you observe one or more of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Once a person calls 9-1-1, Washington state's Emergency Cardiac and Stroke System kicks in to help get patients to the right hospital faster.
To learn more about stroke, visit the American Heart and Stroke Association .