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May 17, 2016

Act FAST and Reduce Damage from Stroke

by Zara Jethani

May is American Stroke Month. PNI’s director of vascular neurology, Dr. Jason Tarpley spoke with Providence Saint John’s Health Center Breakthroughs magazine about reducing the damage from stoke. Read the article here.

Statistics from the American Stroke Association


Doctors have several tools for stroke treatment to minimize any long-term effects. However, these treatments often depend on patients or family members recognizing stroke symptoms and quickly calling for help. Remember the acronym FAST.

Face: One side of the face is drooping or numb.

Arm: One side of body is hanging, numb, weak or not working properly.

Speech: The person cannot speak or speech is hard to understand.

Time: Time to call 911 and get to a hospital immediately. Check the time so you can tell doctors when the symptoms first appeared.

Five stroke symptoms, treatments and facts any stroke hero should know

For more information about our Pacific Stroke and Neurovascular Center, please contact us at 310-829-8319.

About the Author

Zara Jethani, MS, MBA

Zara Jethani

Zara is the marketing director at Pacific Neuroscience Institute. Her background is in molecular genetics research and healthcare marketing. In addition, she is a graphic designer with more than 20 years experience in the healthcare, education and entertainment industries.

Last updated: November 13th, 2019