Did you know May is American Stroke Month? The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Ad Council are working to raise awareness about Stroke knowledge, prevention, and what to do in an emergency. Stroke is the No. 1 preventable cause of disability – and 80 percent of strokes are preventable! By knowing what to do in the case of an emergency, and tips to prevent it - you could be a Stroke Hero.
Did you know that in the US someone has stroke every 40 seconds? That's 800,000 strokes a year, and as the No. 5 killer in the US it kills about 130,000 a year.
You can be a Stroke Hero by controlling your blood pressure and other risk factors and by knowing F.A.S.T, the warning signs of stroke, so you’re ready to take action and help others know when and how to take action! Can you identify all the letters in the F.A.S.T. acronym for a stroke? If you don't, you are a part of the 91% that don't. When you recognize a stroke and immediately call 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for treatment options like a clot-busting drug or clot-removing device.
- 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? Are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like: “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 the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
While stroke threatens millions of lives, it is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. Together, we can end stroke. Be a Stroke Hero and share this with your family, friends, co-workers and community by sharing on social media. You can share this post. You don’t need superpowers to be a #StrokeHero. Live healthier and know the F.A.S.T. warning signs -StrokeAssociation.org/StrokeHero