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Meeting teaches method to identifying stroke symptoms

A patient has their blood pressure checked. A patient has their blood pressure checked.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Midtown Medical Center stroke team is giving a new meaning to the word “fast.”

FAST is an acronym that can help identify signs of a stroke.

A team of more than 30 clinicians service the community every day by treating stroke patients. 

Columbus Regional professionals say if you believe someone is having a stroke, use the FAST method immediately.

FAST stands for:

  • Face, which means ask the person to smile
  • Arm, which indicates to ask the person to raise both arms
  • Speech, which means to ask the person to speak a simple sentence
  • Time, which indicates to dial 911

Officials say it's a team effort to treat a victim suffering from a stroke.

“Typically when EMS gets the call, they try to get to the patient as quickly as possible obviously and then they try to go the closest facility that’s capable to treat that patient,” said Kelli Brennan, Director of Neurosciences and Midtown Medical’s Stroke Program. “So everybody has a different job. It truly takes a team to make the Stroke Program successful.”

Medical experts also say if the person's symptoms improve, you should still call 911.

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