May is Stroke awareness month and now is the time to act F.A.S.T — Face, Arms, Speech, Time. According to the National Stroke Association, this simple acronym is an easy way to recognize and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke. Often referred to as a “brain attack,” strokes occur when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. Shelley Nichols, stroke coordinator and registered nurse with Grady Memorial Hospital, says in the U.S. someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. I spoke with Nicholas about this medical emergency.