National Stroke Awareness Month - Act FAST

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posted by Ted Ryan on May 14, 2014

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Considering that approximately 795,000 strokes – one every 40 seconds – are expected to occur this year, it’s not surprising that we care for a lot of stroke victims at SHC. Stroke is a leading cause of death and long-term adult disability in the United States.

A stroke occurs when blood flow and oxygen to the brain are interrupted or cut off. Prompt treatment is crucial to minimize brain damage and potential complications.

Luckily, patient and family education can make a big difference. The number of deaths from stroke is declining, largely thanks to awareness efforts and people acting FAST – that is, using the acronym FAST to recognize and respond to the signs of a stroke.

F = FACE               Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A = ARMS            Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = SPEECH         Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does speech sound slurred or strange?

T = TIME               If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), it’s time to call 9-1-1 immediately.

By following and sharing these warning signs of stroke and critical response steps, you could help save the life of a stroke victim. If you would like to learn more, or if you or someone you know could benefit from home health care services in the Greater St. Louis area, please contact us.

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