Doctors warn of stroke signs on World Stroke Day

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Thursday was World Stroke Day and doctors want the public to know how to spot if someone has had a stroke.

Using the acronym F.A.S.T can help identify the symptoms of a stroke:
F- is for face drooping
A -is for arm weakness
S -is for speech difficulty
T- is a for time to call 9-1-1

Medical officials say if the person shows any of those symptoms, call 9-1-1 and get them to a hospital immediately.

"Close to 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented. If we understand what the symptoms are of a stroke, that's the first step. The next step is to realize that you need to seek treatment right away," said Dr. Felix Chukwudelunzu a Neurologist with Mayo Clinic Health System.

According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.

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