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Quick action is key to surviving a stroke

Posted at 2:25 PM, May 22, 2016

In honor of Stroke Awareness Month, Chris Koebbe, neurosurgeon at Northside Hospital, and Mitzi Hawking, a stroke survivor, dropped by ABC Action News Studio A to talk about the risk factors for a stroke.

They noted the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms.

Hawking said she had no history of smoking or elevated blood pressure and she exercises, but it didn't stop her from suffering a stroke at age 43 less than a year ago. She has made a full recovery,.

Koebbe stressed the importance of the FAST process to determine whether you may be having a stroke.

F-Face drooping

A-Arm weakness

S-Speech difficulty

T-Time to call 911

Reacting quickly when symptoms occur is crucial