The American Heart Association, Casselton Amulance Service, and Essentia Health teamed up to provide a Stroke Simulation event at the conclusion of the community parade on July 29th, 2017.
Casselton community members had a chance to see first hand what a stroke victim may act and look like as the Simulation unfolded.
“Getting the public aware of stroke signs and symptoms and to call 911 and the importance of having the paramedics prior to going to the hospital is very important,” said Megan Carlblom, the stroke program manager at Essentia Health in Fargo.
First responders are highlighted the importance of understanding the signs and symptoms of a stroke before the ambulance arrives.
“What we are trying to promote today is early recognition,” said Tim Schmeets, the Casselton ambulance manager.
Casselton’s event was just a simulation, but the effects of a stroke are very real. Megan Carlblum, Essentia Health's Stroke Program Manager, says to remember the acronym F.A.S.T. – facial drooping, arm weakness, slurred speech, and time. If an individual displays the first three, it’s time to call the paramedics. You can also use the first three letters of the word stroke when evaluating an individual for the signs of a stroke. Ask them to S - smile, T- talk and repeat a sentence, and R – raise their hands above their head. If they can’t, just like F.A.S.T. it’s time to call the paramedics. Carlblum says never to wait for the symptoms of a stroke to go away, call 9-1-1 immediately.