Northside Hospital August 20, 2014

St. Petersburg, FL - Northside Hospital is participating in the American Stroke Association's Together to End Stroke™ campaign in Tampa Bay, locally sponsored by Verizon. As part of this awareness campaign, the hospital is promoting the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people recognize the warning signs of a stroke. F.A.S.T. stands for:

F – Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?

A – Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb?

S – Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand?

T – Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Oversized F.A.S.T. letters will be delivered to the hospital lobby on Monday, August 18, at 11:00 a.m. and remain on display throughout the week. Patients, visitors and staff will be encouraged to sign the F.A.S.T. letters with a “good GOODBYE to stroke” message about unhealthy habits they want to say GOODBYE to. As the only hospital in St. Petersburg designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Northside Hospital is committed to community education and helping to reduce the number of strokes in the area.

American Stroke Association's Together to End Stroke initiative aims to educate all Americans that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. It encourages people to know their risk of stroke and to know the warning signs. Through Together to End Stroke, efforts are focused on increasing awareness and driving action among Americans across the entire stroke continuum of care: prevention, acute treatment, and post-stroke rehabilitation.