First-responders and hospital emergency teams are highly trained to recognize the signs of stroke and to implement treatment quickly. Saved time saves lives: every second counts. If you suspect that someone—including yourself—has suffered a stroke, use the FAST (Facial droop, Arm or leg weakness, Slurred Speech, Time) protocol to help you identify the symptoms and respond by calling 911 immediately. As soon as a stroke victim reaches the hospital, doctors can perform advanced techniques to restore blood flow, lowering the risk of disability or death substantially. For stroke sufferers, time is brain. Don’t lose a second.