Signs of stroke to watch out for following sudden passing of Atlanta news anchor

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Following the sudden passing of Atlanta anchor Amanda Davis on Wednesday, strokes have been the hot topic around the southeast.

Davis passed away from a massive stroke at age 62.

Reportedly, she had slurred speech just days before her passing, which is one of the biggest signs of stroke onset.

Healthcare professionals at Southeast Alabama Medical Center shared some key risk factors and ways to possibly prevent a stroke.

Risk Factors --
Being overweight
Smoking
High Cholesterol
High Blood Pressure

Ways to prevent --
"FAST" Test
Face - try to move face around, if that is difficult it could be a stroke.
Arms - lift arms, if one or both are drooping it could be a stroke.
Speech - say one specific phrase, if you have difficulties with certain words (slurred) it could be a stroke.
Time - call 9-1-1 right away if symptoms have occurred, as time to catch a stroke is essential.