Tuesday, May 11, 2010

National Stroke Awareness Month. Pass it on.

Join National Stroke Association in celebrating National Stroke Awareness Month this May.

It's a time to educate the public about important stroke information, like the importance of understanding stroke symptom recognition and response!

Want to help reduce the impact of stroke? First, remember that strokes strikes F.A.S.T. and you should, too. Next, spread awareness about how to recognize and respond to stroke symptoms by learning the Face, Arms, Speech test, otherwise known as F.A.S.T.


Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?


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


Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?


If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1.

To learn more about stroke or find ideas for how to spread awareness during May, visit www.stroke.org/SAM.

Forward this email onto friends: The more people we reach, the better for reducing the impact and incidence of stroke.

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