Are you prepared? The acronym “FAST” will help you remember the sudden signs of stroke:
F: Face Dropping – if one side of the face droops while smiling or at rest.
A: Arm Weakness – having one arm weak or numb or one arm that drops down while raising both arms.
S: Speech Difficulty – Speech that is slurred, making it hard to speak or to be understood.
T: Time to Call 911- Call for help at the first sign, even if the symptom goes away. And take note of the time that the first symptom appeared.
Other signs include confusion or trouble understanding, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, trouble walking or loss of balance, dizziness and severe headaches.
Myths VS. Facts
Myth: Stroke can’t be prevented
Fact: Up to 80% of strokes are preventable.
Myth: It only takes a few months after a stroke to recover
Fact: Stroke recovery is usually a lifelong process.
Myth: Strokes are rare.
Fact: Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the US in about 7 million people are stroke survivors.
Myth: Family history is not a factor.
Fact: if you have a family history of stroke, you are at an increased risk.