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May 11

May is Stroke Awareness Month – Be Stroke Smart

May is Stroke Awareness Month – Be Stroke Smart

Every year nearly 800,000 Americans have a stroke. Stroke can affect anyone at any time. Although risk increases with age, young- and middle-aged adults, children and even newborns are all susceptible. Stroke is the third leading cause of death for U.S. women, and the fifth for U.S. men.

May is Stroke Awareness Month, which is the National Stroke Associations annual campaign to raise awareness about stroke and inspire action. We can all become ‘stroke smart’ and learn about the signs and symptoms of stroke and how to help ourselves or loved ones who may be having a stroke.

F.A.S.T – Knowing the Symptoms

Stroke warning signs and symptoms are important for everyone to be able to identify, because most often bystanders are the ones who can recognize them and call 9-1-1. The acronym F.A.S.T. has been developed to help people recognize a stroke. F.A.S.T. stands for:

F - Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

A - Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S - Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak, or are hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence such as “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

T - Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if they symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Download this free mobile app for iOS and Android,“Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.” to help recognize a stroke now! This app also includes a searchable map to find hospitals near you that have been recognized for heart and stroke care. When stroke symptoms occur, time is the essence to seek medical attention in order to prevent long-term complications or even death.

Take action this stroke month and ‘Be Stroke Smart’!

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