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"FAST" Action is Vital Upon Onset of a Stroke

(Undated) -- National Stroke Awareness Month is quickly coming to a close, but it's hoped that the lessons learned will last long beyond the end of May. Patty Clements with the American Heart Association says brain damage can mount with each passing minute, so it's vital to know the warning signs, which can easily be remembered with the acronym "FAST." According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in Illinois, claiming about five thousand lives per year.

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