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Stroke is a “Brain Attack”

1 May

We are kicking off National Stroke Awareness Month with some really important myth busting from the National Stroke Association!

Myth: Stroke is unpreventable
Reality: Stroke is largely preventable

Myth: Stroke cannot be treated
Reality: Stroke requires emergency treatment

Myth: Stroke only strikes the elderly
Reality: Stroke can happen to anyone

Myth: Stroke happens to the heart
Reality: Stroke is a “Brain Attack”

Myth: Stroke recovery only happens for a few months following a stroke
Reality: Stroke recovery continues throughout life

Learn more. Be Proactive. Take care of your brain for the long run!

Wednesday’s Words: A Salute to National Stroke Awareness Month

1 May

Let’s combine a bit of awareness building with brain building!

May is National Stroke Awareness Month.   The National Stroke Association developed  Act FAST, a campaign to help you determine if someone you are with is having a stroke.

F = FACE            Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A = ARMS          Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S = SPEECH     Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

T = TIME          If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 9-1-1 immediately.

This technique is called a mnemonic device –   a means to remember something using letters as cues.   Use the letters F A S T to come up with a way to help you remember something.   It can be a to-do list or procedure or a group of items but use the letters to trigger you.

For example, if I want to remember where I put my keys I might say:

F = Follow path I used when came in the room.

A = Ask family members if anyone moved keys.

S = Search under the papers and inside the freezer.

T = Take a deep breath, calm down, and re-look.

What can you come up with?

Please take the time to learn more about the warning signs of a stroke.   Fast action could save someone’s quality of life!

Act FAST

Learn more or support stroke research at www.stroke.org.


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