Did you know that stroke is the fifth leading cause of death. It is also the leading preventable case of disability in the US? Every year, about 800,000 Americans suffer a new or have a recurrent stroke. Someone in the world has a stroke every 2 seconds.
World Stroke Day is Thursday, 10/29. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Ad Council are working to raise awareness about Stroke knowledge, prevention, and what to do in an emergency. Why does it matter?
- 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
- 1 in 3 Americans cannot name at least one sign of stroke.
- When you recognize a stroke and immediately call 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for treatment options like a clot-busting drug or clot-busting device.
It is extremely important that everyone knows the signs of a stroke FAST.
How to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. (the warning signs):
- F – Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
- 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? Are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like: “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
- T- Time to call 9-1-1 – If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately. www.
Join the @American Stroke Twitter Chat! It will be hosted by @iHeartRadio on 10/29 at 12pm CT. The hashtag is #StrokeChat. Hear other people’s F.A.S.T. Songs, share your own, and join us for a great discussion about stroke! Be sure to tune in and learn more about preventing strokes, how to spot them and what to do. There will also be giveaways.