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Stroke Awareness

The National Stroke Awareness Month is run by the National Stroke Association and helps individuals ‘Save A Life‘ by educating them about Stroke Awareness Month. It is also a timely reminder of stroke survivors and how organizations support stroke survivors through their lifelong journey. The National Stroke Association stated that a person experiencing a stroke can be treated if people have acted FAST – 80% of strokes can also be prevented. What is Fast? Down below is a description of what you need to be aware of.

FAST is an acronym for things to check in a suspected stroke victim:

· FFace / Does the face droop on one side when the person smiles?

· A Arm / After raising both arms, does one of the arms drifts downwards?

· SSpeech / After repeating a simple phrase, does the person’s speech sound slurred or strange?

· TTime / If any or all of the above are observed call 9-1-1 (if in the US or 999 in the UK) and ask for medical assistance.

What are other signs of stroke?

Watch for Sudden:

  • NUMBNESS or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.

  • CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech

  • TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes

  • TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

  • SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause

If you’re having any of these symptoms, it’s critical that you get medical attention right away. Immediate treatment may minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

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