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May is Stroke Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month.  Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

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Be prepared – Learn more about the stroke warning signs and symptoms. Use the letters in F.A.S.T to spot a Stroke. 

  • F = Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
  • A = Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S = Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred?
  • T = Time to call 911

While May is National Stroke Month, we know that a stroke can happen to anyone — any age, any time. If you or a loved one is having a stroke, it’s critical that you get medical attention right away. Immediate treatment may minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death. To learn more and help share the life-saving information please visit the stroke month website today.

 

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