SPOKANE, Wash. - During American Stroke Month, May, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association encourages Spokane residents to join together to end the sixth leading cause of death in Washington State.
Despite striking more than 7 million adults in the United States annually and being a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, globally, stroke is largely preventable and treatable. High blood pressure is the most common controllable cause of stroke.
While eating healthfully, being active and, for some stroke survivors, following an aspirin regimen can help prevent another stroke, education about treatment is also a key component. Immediate medical care is crucial to access life-saving treatment in many cases.
The American Stroke Association's "Together to End Stroke" initiative, sponsored nationally by Meditronic, teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people recognize the most common stroke warning signs and what to do if one occurs:
- 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.
- T - Time to call 911: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and take them to the hospital immediately.
For more information about stroke or American Stroke Month activities, follow #StrokeMonth on social media or visit The American Stroke Association's website.
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