May 17, 2012

May is National Stroke Awareness Month!

Filed under: Senior Living Guide — seniorlivingguide @ 8:46 am

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Yet, despite being a leading cause of death and adult disability, fewer than one in five people in the U.S. can recognize a symptom of a stroke.

Stroke strikes FAST and you should, too! Many people don’t know that being able to recognize and respond to stroke symptoms can possibly save lives. Stroke should be treated as an emergency because there is a treatment that can be given within the first three hours after symptoms
start.  Recognizing stroke symptoms can be easy if you remember to think
FAST. Use FAST to remember warning signs:

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 phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

T=Time           f you observe any of these signs, then it’s time to call 9-1-1.

Brought to you by National Stroke Association. Learn more about stroke awareness at www.stroke.org/awareness.

Anne Elder, RN
Peninsula Agency on Aging
739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., #1006
Newport News, VA 23606
ph. 757-873-0541    fax 757-873-1437
swqaa@paainc.org

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