May is Stroke Awareness Month

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Every four minutes, someone dies from a stroke, according to statistics.

This month, Augusta Health hopes to bring awareness to this during Stroke Awareness Month.

Physicians at Augusta Health said to use the F.A.S.T. system to tell if someone is having a stroke:

F is face - is their face drooping or tingling?
A is for arms - ask them to raise their arms and ask if one side is tingling, weak, or numb,
S is for speech - is their speech slurred or can they speak at all?
And T is time - time to call 9-1-1.

Calling 9-1-1 and getting that person the help they need is the most important step as it could be the difference between a clean bill of health or permanent brain damage.

"It's the number one cause of disability in the United States," said Joel Black, a certified stroke rehab specialist. "So the sooner you can recognize the symptoms of a stroke, get immediate medical attention. You sooner you can have that stroke literally wiped away, it never happened and you can go on with your life."

A list of events for Stroke Awareness Month can be found on Augusta Health's website.