Local neurologist answers questions about strokes following Luke Perry's death

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    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – The recent death of actor Luke Perry, 52, has sparked concerns about strokes in young people.

    Dr. Rahul Shah, a neurologist and the co-director of the Neurocritical Care Unit at Memorial Hospital, joined Eyewitness News on Thursday to discuss the warning signs and how we can prevent a stroke.

    According to the American Heart Association, the acronym "F.A.S.T." is a good way to remember the common warning signs of a stroke:

    • Face drooping,
    • Arm weakness,
    • Speech difficulty,
    • Time to call 911 when one or more of these symptoms are present.

    To learn more about reducing your risk factors, go to strokeassociation.org.

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