Stroke is the thrid leading cause of death in Virginia. Called a “brain attack,” stroke touches four out of five American families and kills twice as many women as breast cancer. Stroke is non-discriminating. About one-third of all strokes occurs in women younger than 65. One of the best steps you can take is to learn the symptoms of stroke and actively manage your own risks. If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and call 911. Could this be a stroke? Remember to Think and Act F.A.S.T. by doing this test F= Face Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? A=Arm Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? S=Speech Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange? T=Time If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1. Studies show stroke patients who arrive at the hospital by ambulance receive quicker treatment than those who arrive on their own. Learn more about stroke symptoms, treatment and more by listening to these audio files:Primary Stroke CentersStroke Signs and SymptomsStroke Risk FactorsPreventing StrokesStroke Trials at SentaraTreatment for Strokes - Don't WaitAbout Sentara Health Minutes Sentara offers one-minute audio files about important and timely health topics. These short audio files cover an array of health topics shared by area experts. Visitors can download the files or listen to the audio files online. Sentara Health Minutes are produced in collaboration with The Tide and BACHfm radio stations serving Williamsburg, Virginia. Health care information is rapidly changing. Information contained in Sentara Health Minutes is accurate to the best of our ability at the time of recording.