May is Stroke Month and the American Heart Association is working to make sure you don’t become another statistic.
According to the American Stroke Association, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds and every 3 minutes and 42 seconds, someone dies of stroke.
Volunteers with the American Heart Association recommend following the acronym FAST to help learn the warning signs of a stroke.
Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.”
Time to Call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital immediately.
For more information on stroke month visit the American Heart Association’s website.
You can also watch an educational video by the Hip Hop Doc, Dr. Rani Whitfield that helps explain the importance of FAST.
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