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:
· F – Face / Does the face droop on one side when the person smiles?
· A – Arm / After raising both arms, does one of the arms drifts downwards?
· S – Speech / After repeating a simple phrase, does the person’s speech sound slurred or strange?
· T – Time / 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.