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May is Stroke Awareness Month

05/19/2017

 

 

Strokes kill more than 133,000 American annually and are a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Each year, about as many Americans have a stroke as a heart attack. Stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, and at any age. Knowing the signs of stroke, how to prevent it and how to help others around you, just might save a life. F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, you'll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away.
 
F.A.S.T. is:
 
Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?

Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.
 
Gear up with lifesaving information, not just for yourself, but also for your family, your friends and others around you with resources the American Stroke Association and National Stroke Association
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