May Is National Stroke Awareness Month
National Stroke Awareness Month is observed every May to increase public awareness about the warning signs of stroke, symptoms of a stroke, stroke prevention, and the impact of stroke on survivors, families and caregivers. The National Stroke Association, the American Heart Association, and other non-profits, created the F.A.S.T. acronym on how to recognize symptoms of a stroke. Learn them by heart and save a life.
Stroke Symptoms - Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.
Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
TIME TO CALL 9-1-1
If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
However, if your family is caring for a loved one who has suffered a stroke, we are here to help you navigate any challenges you’re facing. Please call us 24/7 to schedule a free in-home assessment: (817) 887-9401.