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 lighthearted approach to recognizing the most common 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.

Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said he hopes the video convinces people to react quickly to stroke symptoms.

“Every minute a stroke continues untreated, brain cells are dying. So acting fast is our best weapon against stroke,” he said.

“The song is humorous, but only in an effort to help people learn the symptoms of stroke,” said Schwamm, adding that he hopes the humor ends up saving lives.

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