Waushara County Health News

May is Stroke Awareness Month

What is a stroke?  

It is when part of the brain and brain cells die due to a blocked or ruptured blood vessel causing a lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain.

Did you know that strokes are the #5 cause of death in the U.S.?  

If you think yourself or someone around you is having a stroke, it is important to act FAST.  Call 911- immediately. Time matters when it comes to a stroke. The faster medical assistance can be provided, the better the chances of survival and recovery are for the individual.

You can use the acronym FAST to remember the most common signs of a stroke.

F: Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?  When the person    smiles, is it uneven?

A: Arm Weakness: Is one arm or side of the body numb or weak?  Are they able to raise their arms?

S: Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, is the person hard to understand, or are they having trouble speaking?  Can they correctly repeat a simple sentence, such as “It is raining”.

T: Time to call 911: If you notice any of these signs or some of the signs listed below, even if the symptoms fade; call 911 immediately. Check the time so you can inform the medical provider what time the symptoms began.

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