Red Letters are Installed around Rhode Island for FAST Campaign

The American Heart Association uses the letters to help people understand the signs of a stroke.

Photo provided by Jennifer Bray, American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association has partnered with Rhode Island Medical Imaging to promote the FAST stroke campaign. Large red letters spelling out FAST, but missing the letter ‘A’ so that you can pose and take a picture with them, are popping up around the state. The letters are installed to promote awareness about the signs of a stroke.

FAST, which stands for face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty and time to call 9-1-1, is an easy-to-remember acronym that can keep the warning signs of a serious medical issue fresh in someone’s mind. “Stroke is the number five killer of men and women in the United States, but is the number one cause of disability,” says Tara Comer, executive director of Southern New England American Heart Association. “Although strides continue to be made through research and awareness, stroke continues to take lives. When someone is having a stroke, time lost is brain loss. The ability to recognize a stroke quickly and call for help immediately is a leading predictor in patient outcomes.”

Most recently, the letters were installed at the Providence Place Mall, where speakers including Dr. Mahesh Jayaraman, a neurointerventional radiologist with Rhode Island Medical Imaging and Brad Hadley, a stroke survivor who was in exceptional health when he suffered from a stroke just over a year ago, were able to speak to the public about stroke awareness.

The FAST display will be installed at additional places across the state including the Rhode Island State House, the Warwick Mall and Narragansett Town Beach. For additional information, click here.



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