The month of May is designated as stroke awareness month. Strokes are one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. In our blog, we share some symptoms of a stroke and ways in which you can act fast to get you or your loved one the help you need.
Common stroke symptoms include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Every Minute Counts!
Acting F.A.S.T. is key for Stroke patients to get treatment
F is for face – is there face drooping? Is their smile uneven or lopsided?
A is for arms – can they lift both arms?
S is for speech – are they slurring your words? Not able to repeat a simple sentence.
T is for time. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience any or all of these signs.
Below are some additional resources to stay educated on stroke information:
Written by: Tracy Atkinson, COTAL