How to spot a stroke and act fast to save a life

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – It takes just minutes for brain cells to begin to die in a person who is having a stroke.

That’s why it’s crucial to act fast, recognize the symptoms and get help.

There are two main types of stroke, according to NewYork-Presbyterian:

  • Hemorrhagic, or bleeding stroke, happens when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, causing blood to leak into brain tissue. This type of stroke is less common, making up about 15 to 20 percent of all cases.
  • Ischemic stroke is more common and occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or severely decreased due to a blocked blood vessel.

Using the acronym FAST can help you remember some quick exercises that could uncover stroke warning signs:

  • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the 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 strange?
  • Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

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