World Stroke Day #worldstrokeday
Strokes seem to run in our family. Both my grandmothers had many before, having to have open heart surgery. And recently my aunt had one and never realized she was having one. There are signs to look for if you think you or someone else might be having a stroke.
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, you’ll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away. F.A.S.T. is:
F-Face Drooping- Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
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? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T- Time to call 911-f someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.
Did you know that stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading preventable case of disability in the US? Each year, about 800,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke. Furthermore, someone in the world has a stroke every 2 seconds.
As you may know, World Stroke Day is Thursday, 10/29, so we’re working with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Ad Council to raise awareness about Stroke knowledge, prevention, and what to do in an emergency. Here’s why this work matters.
- 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
- 1 in 3 Americans cannot name at least one sign of stroke.
- When you recognize a stroke and immediately call 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for treatment options like a clot-busting drug or clot-busting device.
We hope you’ll support the effort because together, we can end stroke.
Share the Paul George PSA – Join thousands of media partners who have donated advertising to stroke education. (Per the Ad Council’s model, all PSAs run in advertising time and space donated by the media.) The latest stroke PSAs feature NBA All-Star Paul George. More on his mother’s stroke story here
learning more about strokes, during this time, you can save someone’s life as well as your own.