May is Stroke Awareness Month, a good time to take stock of your risk factors and overall cardiovascular health. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of adult disability. Arm yourself with knowledge this May by talking to your doctor, considering a preventive stroke screening, and learning how to recognize the warning signs of a stroke so you can react FAST if you think someone is having a stroke.
FACE – Ask the person to smile? Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one side drift downward?
SPEECH – Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred?
TIME – Call 911 or to get to a hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.
Courtesy of ARAcontent