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If you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, even if they seem to fluctuate or disappear, remember to act FAST. 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? Or is one arm unable to rise up? Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his or her speech slurred or strange? Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 or local emergency help immediately. It is essential to get to the hospital as fast as possible after symptoms develop because certain treatments may only be effective if given quickly.
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