NBC12 VIEWPOINT: May is American Stroke Month

By: Kym Grinnage email

Many of us know someone personally who has been the victim of a stroke. May is American Stroke Month, and it's a good time to be reminded of the warnings signs of a stroke.

The American Heart Association asks us to learn two things that may save a life:

1.     Know if you are at risk for a stroke by checking your blood pressure regularly. Many people do not now that they are currently at risk.

2.     Know the stroke warning signs and what to do in a stroke emergency

According to the American Heart Association here are the warning signs of a stroke. Just remember FAST:

 F - Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

 A - Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

 S - Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand?

 T - 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.

Following these simple steps can save a life. For more information about stroke or American Stroke Month activities, please visit StrokeAssociation.org/strokemonth

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