STROKE IS A BRAIN ATTACK!  If you think you or someone you love is having a stroke, CALL 9-1-1 NOW!

 Help Line: (541) 323-5641

To Spot A Stroke
Think F.A.S.T

Would you be able to help that person?

is an acronym used to help detect and enhance responsiveness to the needs of a person having a stroke. 

Access to rapid medical treatment is critical.


F = Face

Facial drooping.

Ask the person to smile and see whether or not one edge of the mouth ‘droops’ instead of turning up.

A = Arm

Arm weakness.

Ask the person to hold his or her arms out with palms up. Are they having trouble holding both arms up? Is one drifting down?

S = Speech

Speech difficulties.

Ask the person to say a simple sentence such as “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” If he or she slurs words, says wrong or inappropriate words or cannot speak, then they are positive for stroke.

T = Time

Time to call 911

If the person has a problem with any of the preceding points, there is a 72% chance a stroke is occuring. Call 9-1-1 immediately so that the person can be assessed and receive treatment as soon as possible.

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Other symptoms may be poor balance, vision issues, a sudden headache like the worst ever experienced, nausea and/or a sudden loss of sensation or movement in an extremity or on one side of the body.

A word about COVID-19
If you are with someone experiencing signs of a stroke, be assured that calling 9-1-1 is safe and the right thing to do. EMS and hospital emergency departments are taking extreme precautions to protect again the virus.

“I promote F.A.S.T. to everyone I know because F.A.S.T. saved my wife’s life!”

Marv Kaplan

Every Second Counts

Training every child and adult to know the signs of stroke (F.A.S.T.) and how to access emergency help (call 911) is the most important part of stroke care.

Dr. Steve Goins

Stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, and at any age. While 75% of strokes occur to those over age 65, the incidents of stroke in younger people is increasing.  Ten to fifteen percent of strokes occur in those between the ages of 18 and 50 years;  Actors Luke Perry, Frankie Muniz and Emilia Clark among them.

80% of strokes are preventable

Stroke Awareness Oregon seeks to engage the community in a dialogue about stroke prevention and how we work together to minimize the devastating effects of strokes. There are key factors when thinking about your stroke risk:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Lifestyle factors that include diet, smoking, substance abuse, and exercise
  • Medical risks such as blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol


Your physician can help you determine your stroke risk and advise prevention strategies.  

Ready to Learn More?

Our Stroke 101 Course is ready and we are booking educational presentations. Contact us at or 541-323-5641

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