F.A.S.T.Use the acronym F.A.S.T. to recognize symptoms of a stroke and know when to call 911.
F – Face droopingDoes one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven or lopsided?
A – Arm weaknessIs one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S – Speech difficultyIs speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the person able to correctly repeat the words?
T – Time to call 911If someone shows any of these symptoms, even temporarily, call 911 for help.
Don’t delay and also note the time when symptoms started so you can help emergency responders.
Telemedicine at UChicago Medicine
For your convenience and safety, we offer secure and easy virtual visits for most non-urgent visit types. Our care providers can assess your symptoms, make a diagnosis, recommend treatment and send prescriptions to your pharmacy.
Whether you are facing a complex health issue or difficult treatment decision, getting a second opinion can help you make an informed decision about your care. Get an online second opinion from one of our experts without having to leave home.
Request an Appointment
You can also make an appointment with our providers by:
– Scheduling a virtual video visit to see a provider from the comfort of your home
– Requesting an online second opinion from our specialists
– Filling out an online questionnaire (e-visit) to get a same-day diagnosis and treatment for common conditions.
To speak to someone directly, please call 1-773-702-6222. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.
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