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Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of disability, according to the American Stroke Association.

To recognize symptoms, leading stroke experts recommend memorizing an easy-to-remember acronym:
FAST!

Face (drooping of the face)
Arm (arm weakness)
Speech (slurred speech)
Time (time counts — call 911 immediately)

Cedars-Sinai has been designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

This advanced certification for comprehensive stroke centers recognizes the significant resources in staff and training that these centers must have to treat complex stroke cases. Cedars-Sinai was proud to be among the first five hospitals in the nation, and the first in Southern California, to receive this designation.

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