May 15, 2020

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

By Brooke Marshall | Crisp Living.

Stroke is ranked as the fifth most common cause of death in the U.S. One of the most lifesaving things a person can know is how to recognize the early signs of a stroke. Detecting these symptoms early can ensure that a person experiencing a stroke gets medical attention before it’s too late.

What causes a stroke?

A stroke is caused by loss of blood flow to the brain. This can happen because of a blood clot, a ruptured blood vessel, or even a traumatic injury.  When blood flow is reduced to the brain, it is unable to function properly and can cause symptoms such as
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Numbness on one side of the body in the face, arm, or leg.
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Severe headache

Can you prevent a stroke?

Strokes can cause permanent memory loss and decreased brain function and mobility.  Learn about the steps you can take now to decrease your chances of having a stroke.

How can you help?

Educate your friends, family, and community: One of the most important things you can do is to raise awareness about strokes, how to prevent them, and how to spot the signs of a stroke.
Take care of yourself: Prioritize your health, and always communicate with your doctor about any concerns you have.  We tend to think it will never happen to us, but anyone can experience a stroke.
Know the signs:  You could save someone’s life just by noticing the symptoms of a stroke and ensuring that the person gets medical attention. One helpful way to remember what to look for if you suspect someone is experiencing a stroke is the acronym FAST.
Face: Look for one side of the person’s face drooping.
Arms: A person experiencing a stroke may be only able to raise one arm.
Speech: Notice if the person is able to speak a simple sentence clearly, or if the person’s speech is slurred.
Time: If you notice these signs, you should call 911 immediately.  It is vital that this person gets medical attention as soon as possible.

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