May 2019 – Stroke Awareness

May 2019 – Stroke Awareness

Stroke Awareness month



Strokes are the fifth leading cause of adult disability in the United States and all ages can be affected by strokes.  It is not just an elderly concern.  A stroke is a “brain attack” that occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a blood clot or broken blood vessel.


FAST  is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke. Recognition of stroke and calling 9-1-1 will determine how quickly someone will receive help and treatment.  In most cases an effective treatment can be given, but time is of the essence!


Face:  Ask the person to smile.  Does one side droop?

Arms:  Ask the person to raise both arms.  Does one arm drift downward?

Speech:  Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase.  Is their speech slurred or strange?

Time:  If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.  Note the time the symptoms begin.


Don’t  blame symptoms of numbness or weakness, sudden confusion, trouble speaking, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, dizziness or sudden severe headache or possible other things.  Call 9-1-1 immediately!!! 


For each minute a stroke goes untreated and blood flow to the brain continues to be blocked, a person loses about 1.9 million neurons. 


This could mean that a person’s speech, movement, memory and so much more can be affected.  Stay healthy and vigilant.  Learn the symptoms so you can recognize a stroke FAST and help save a life.


Nurse Barbara