Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Stroke Hero - Join the #StrokeChat hosted by@American_Stroke

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 There are many super heroes out there. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, people who are simply lending a hand to others. We consider those people super heroes. Many of those super heroes are behind the scenes; they never get recognition for what they do, and that is okay with them. But what if you could be a super hero that saves lives? You might be thinking – wow, that would be a big deal – right? It is much easier than you might think!

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 May is American Stroke Month, so we’re working with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Ad Council to raise awareness about Stroke knowledge, prevention, and what to do in an emergency. Stroke is the No. 1 preventable cause of disability – and 80 percent of strokes are preventable! You don’t need superpowers to be a Stroke Hero.
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 You can be a Stroke Hero by controlling your blood pressure and other risk factors and by knowing F.A.S.T, the warning signs of stroke, so you’re ready to take action and help others know when and how to take action! Only 9% of us can identify all the letters in the F.A.S.T. acronym for 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-removing device. 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.
If you know someone who could be at risk for a stroke, or even yourself – take the #StrokeHero quiz. It is fast, easy, and could save your life or the lives of people that you love. Superpower While stroke threatens millions of lives, it is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. Together, we can end stroke. Share this with your family, friends, co-workers and community by sharing on social media. You can share this post or tweet: You don’t need superpowers to be a #StrokeHero. Live healthier and know the F.A.S.T. warning signs - StrokeAssociation.org/StrokeHero Chat

 Want to get more involved? Join the #StrokeChat hosted by @American_Stroke on 5/18 at 12pm CDT. Stroke experts will join from local AHA/ASA handles coast to coast and we’ll have an engaging conversation about superpowers, the face of stroke, what’s in the news, and give away some swag from NBA All Star Paul George and ALEX AND ANI who just debuted a new bangle honoring stroke survivors.

14 comments:

Sandra Watts said...

Great to get people more aware of the signs.

Alicia Hewitt said...

I think it's awesome people are becoming more aware!

Marthalynn said...

It never gets old to read this! I know the more familiar I am with the signs of a stroke, the more helpful I'll be in an emergency. Even though I've studied this topic a lot, I still learn something new each time I review it. This time what stuck with me is to ask the person to raise both of their arms and see if one is drifting downward!

rochelle said...

This is great that people notice this

Suburban prep said...

My father has suffered a stroke a few years ago.

Sara said...

It is important to raise awareness of the cause of strokes!

Deb PelletierC said...

My family has this problem , we are always on watch.

Edye Nicole said...

Such an informative post. Thanks for sharing!

VickieC said...

very interesting,,everyone should know these signs and symptoms

kaflickinger74 said...

Excellent tips. Thank you so much for sharing.

alissa apel said...

I took the stroke quiz. It said I'm a stroke hero.

Denise Low said...

Thank you for sharing. Passed the test.

Tanya White said...

Thank you for this informative post.

Emily Endrizzi said...

This is very important information for people to know about.