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Advocacy Avengers Assemble – FAST!!!

Each May we have an opportunity to celebrate and educate on an issue that is close to all of us – Stroke. As we have shared in the past, Stroke in the fourth leading cause of death in Utah – and it doesn’t have to be.

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With your support, we have improved the systems of care in Utah for how stroke patients are treated in our local hospitals. The success stories that we have a chance to hear are remarkable and it is all thanks to you!

One of the things that we have seen real movement on as of late is the recognition of stroke signs in the community. FAST, can you name them?

  • Face droopiness, numbness and weakness
  • Arm numbness and weakness
  • Slurred speech or trouble speaking or understanding
  • Time to call 911 if these or other symptoms occur

More and more Utahns are becoming aware of these signs and acting accordingly when they seem them in themselves or others. But more can be done. Nationally, nearly one third of all Americans don’t know the signs. So, to celebrate our successes, familiarize ourselves with proven stroke prevention, educate the public on FAST signs – and have a little fun – we have been partnering with University of Utah Health Care in our “Together to End Stroke” community education program.

We are hosting several events in Salt Lake this month in hopes of creating “Stroke Heroes” among us!

  • Striking Out Stroke, May 18th, 11:30 -1:30 pm @ Gallivan Center (239 Main St, Salt Lake City)
    • The American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, in conjunction with our “Together to End Stroke” community partner, University of Utah Health Care, will be putting on a special event downtown. We’ll have a pitching area for participants to show off their pitching skills and heart-healthy snacks for all to enjoy! 
  • Savings Strokes – June 16th, 10:00 – 1:00 pm at Nibley Park Golf Course (2780 S 700 E, Salt Lake City)
    • A free opportunity for stroke survivors and their caretakers to participate in golf for pleasure as well as for physical rehabilitation. This year’s event is sponsored by University of Utah Health Care and will feature a free lunch for participants.

If you would like more information on these events or would like to help volunteer to help us out please contact Lavinia Sasaki with the AHA|ASA at Lavinia.Sasaki@heart.org.

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