Parody of 1970s hit reminds people to act fast during stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Village People’s iconic 1970s hit “Y.M.C.A.” is getting some fresh lyrics.

A new music video from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association takes a light-hearted approach to recognizing the symptoms of a serious and life-threatening condition — stroke.

In the video, “Y.M.C.A.” becomes “F.A.S.T.,” a memory aid that stands for face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, and time to call 911.

“Humor always makes things easier to remember, and, of course, the addition of body movements makes it a multisensory experience,” said Mitchell S.V. Elkind, M.D., professor of neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.

Stroke affects nearly 800,000 Americans each year and is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.

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