May is national stroke awareness month and is the perfect time to remind the public of the importance of understanding the symptoms. According to CDC, more than three out of five people are aware of stroke symptoms and know when to call 911 when someone is having a stroke.
If someone you know is having a stroke, every minute counts. You need to B.E. F.A.S.T.
When deciding if you or someone you know is suffering from a stroke, follow this acronym:
B- Balance difficulties- Is there a sudden loss of balance?
E- Eyesight changes- Is there a change in vision in one or both eyes?
F-Face weakness- Does their face look uneven?
A-Arm weakness- Does one arm drift down?
S-Speech difficulties- Does their speech sound strange?
T-Time-Time lost is brain lost. Call 911!
When it comes to stroke care, time is of the essence. Call 911 immediately if you see the signs of a stroke in a loved one.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious disability in the United States and around the world. By noticing the symptoms quickly, you can help save lives.