Spot A Stroke Awareness – $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway – ends 11/18

We are shar­ing this post as part of a Blog­gin’ Mamas Social Good Cam­paign, and were not com­pen­sated for doing so.


Blog­gin’ Mamas is spon­sor­ing this give­away in sup­port of the Ad Coun­cil and the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association cam­paign acknowledging the recent World Stroke Day on October 29th. We are helping to raise awareness about Stroke knowledge, prevention, and what to do in an emergency.

Everything Mommyhood has once again teamed up with Bloggin’ Mamas for this amazing social good campaign, and I think this is such important information to share with my readers. Please read up on the subject, and then enter below for a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

SPOT A Stroke

Did you know that stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading preventable case of disability in the US? Each year, about 800,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke. Furthermore, someone in the world has a stroke every 2 seconds.

  • 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 3 Americans cannot name at least one sign of stroke.
  • When you recognize a stroke and immediately call 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for treatment options like a clot-busting drug or clot-busting device.
  • Someone in the world has a stroke every 2 seconds.
  • In the U.S. stroke is the No. 5 cause of death overall, killing nearly 130,000 people a year.
  • Stroke is the No. 1 preventable cause of long-term disability.

How to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. (the warning signs):

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 like: “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?T– Time to call 9-1-1 – If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Here’s Paul George’s Story

More Resources & Info

  • Click HERE to watch more videos
  • Check out the F.A.S.T. Song – The ASA has created a simple song to help people remember the stroke warning signs. They have the F.A.S.T. song in several musical styles on Youtube. If you’re really brave, sing it, or record a lip sync version, then share it using the #singFAST hashtag.
  • Download the mobile app – There’s an app for that and at least one person is glad she had it!

And Now for the Giveaway!

One Win­ner will Win a $100 Ama­zon Giftcard!
Give­away begins November 4th, 2015 at 5pm EST and ends November 18th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.
Open to US res­i­dents age 18 and older.
Win­ner will be selected by and be noti­fied by email.
See Give­away Tools wid­get below for full terms & conditions.

Dis­clo­sure: Blog­gin’ Mamas is host­ing this give­away and coor­di­nat­ing prize ful­fill­ment. Ele­ment Asso­ciates, The Ad Coun­cil and the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association are in no way respon­si­ble for the give­away, and only pro­vided the above con­tent to be dis­trib­uted in the form of a PSA. If you’d like to see your product/service/brand featured, please email us at


  1. Jillian Too says:

    My father had a stroke and luckily survived. All of my family knows F.A.S.T. very well.

  2. I do not know anyone who has had a stroke, but I do know the warning signs and I think it is important for people to know the warning signs, everyone should memorize F.A.S.T.

  3. I once had a boss who had had a stroke. He taught us the signs in case he had another one. Fortunately he was with his wife when he had his next one, which he also survived. He said it took her a few minutes to figure it out, because he first started speaking nonsense, although clearly, before his speech started slurring.
    This is such a great way to remember the signs. Face, arms, speech, call.

  4. kim keithline says:

    My Aunt had several strokes she had the symptom of speech slurring but luckily she was already at the hospital when they happened and they intervened quilckly and she had a full recovery!

  5. Eileen Richter says:

    My Godfather died of a stroke. My grandma had one. My dad had one and survived but died later. Seems both my families are predisposed to them. I also have an illness that also creates stroke potential, and has since age 40. It’s a scary thought but taking measures to take what risks out of the equation helps.
    I didtn know about the FAST test specifically but did know about the smile test and checking extremity strength and speech slur.

  6. my father dies from a stroke he was a heavy smoker which was bad he had one and than had numerous little strokes and than a real big one it was awful

  7. I do, actually. And she was in her early 40s when it happened which shocked me because I don’t think most people believe that strokes happen to people that young.

  8. clickclickmycat says:

    I have had 2 family members have a stoke. One died and one has difficulty using her right side. I know all the signs to well.

  9. lissa crane says:

    I do know someone who had a stroke, my own mother had one about three years ago. I think it’s such a great cause to bring attention to, especially the warning signs. I think many people have no idea and therefore don’t get the immediate help they need. This is a very important issue!

  10. I know a few people who have had them, including my husband. I didn’t know what was wrong with him, but knew it was something bad. I’m grateful I still have him in my life.

  11. Kristin S says:

    I don’t know anyone who has had a stroke fortunately, but I do know the signs of one from school.

  12. My uncle had a stroke a couple of years ago.

  13. A family friend had a strike, but luckily got good medical attention quickly. The F.A.S.T. tool is great. Better safe than too late.

  14. I work at a YMCA that has a large community of “active older adults”. In the ten years I’ve been there, I’ve seen two older ladies have strokes in our facility. They teach us how to spot them.

  15. My mom had a stroke but it was associated with surgery she had. I went through training to spot a stroke so visiting the site helped refresh my memory of the warning signs. Strokes aren’t anything to mess around with.

  16. Adrienne Gordon says:

    My friends Dad did and his slurred speech was a sign.

  17. My grandmother has had a series of mini-strokes—I actually know the FAST acronym because of a House episode.

  18. Sudden onset of nausea, and vomiting can be a warning sign of stroke, especially in women

  19. My best friend’s mother had a stroke when she was in her 30’s (over 20 years ago) She is doing fairly well now, but still has limited motion on one side and limited speech.

  20. Jennifer M says:

    This is great information- thank you for sharing. However, it seems that so many things are signs of a stroke that I get confused. I will go with better safe than sorry. And I do like the FAST acronym too.

  21. Cathy Philipps says:

    My grandmother had a small stroke and then while in rehab had a larger one

  22. Denise A. says:

    My grandmother had a stroke a couple of months before my sixth birthday. She was living with us and to this day (46 years later)I still remember the paramedics rushing around to get her to the hospital.

  23. My grandmother has had several strokes. Thankfully they have only left her with a small amount of residual weakness. I taught my mother what to watch for since she is the one most often with her.

  24. My grandfather had a massive stroke years ago and spent his last 14 years of life in a nursing home in horrible shape. Just remember FAST.

  25. Margaret Smith says:

    My Mom, before passing away, had a number of strokes. Also, my 55 year old brother recently had a stroke. It’s really scary.

  26. Face drooping is a sign.

  27. My grandmother had a stroke. She received help early and did well with physical therapy.

  28. Sandra Slack says:

    I learned what FAST means, and know what to do (call 911) when anyone has the signs.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Thankfully I don’t know anyone that has had a stroke, but I have seen the FAST commercials on TV, as well as seen billboards, so I will know what to do should I ever be in the situation.

  30. One of my grandmothers died of a stroke at age 81.

  31. My cousin died of ultimately the aftermath of it.

  32. I read a book of a doctor who had a stroke. It was very interesting since she knew all the signs but didn’t suspect until she was incapacitated by it.

  33. my MOM –she did not make it — i had a TIA-small stroke scary

  34. Michelle Garrity says:

    My father had a series of mini strokes….but he showed no signs.

  35. Cynthia C says:

    Fortunately I have not had any experience with strokes. Good information to know, though.

  36. I like the FAST acronym – it’s an easy way to remember the signs

  37. I haven’t had any close experience with strokes but the slurred speech is a dead giveaway that something’s very wrong.

  38. Darla Shannon says:

    My grandparents, mother and a friend all had strokes. I know that the face can droup and speech get slurred.

  39. Melissa Speth says:

    My Uncle Jake died from a stroke when I was 20. Trouble speaking or walking, paralysis or numbness of the face, arm, or leg and they sometimes arent able to be understood, or can not understand what you are saying to them.

  40. My sister had a mini stroke, known as a TIA. I did not know the warning signs of a stroke until recently. I know that it can happen to anyone at any age. I know that face dropping is one of the most noticeable signs.

  41. I’m an SLP, so I get to work with many people who’ve had strokes. From helping them through diet changes due to dysphagia, recovering speech and/or language to communicate again, and helping out their families.

  42. Sarah Sobocinski says:

    I don’t know anyone who has had a stroke but I knew about the slurred speech and numb arm.

  43. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    My mom had several strokes shortly before she died, so we are aware of the warning signs.

  44. Melissa Moran says:

    My Grandfather had a stroke that left him paralyzed on his left side. I am aware of the warning signs F.A.S.T. (Face drooping, Arms able to raise them and keep them there, Speech slurred, Time call 911 if you see any of these signs.)

  45. Emma Rogers says:

    I had both a grandmother and grandfather who each had a stroke. I love this acronym as it is so easy to remember and will help me to identify if someone I love is having a stroke.

  46. Now I know what FAST means. I am not sure of anybody I know who has had a stroke.

  47. I know a few people & family memories who have had strokes ,,F.A.S.T. will help a lot of us to remember hopefully if need be..Thanks

  48. Aline Boutz says:

    Good thing to know FAST

  49. My grandmother had a series of strokes. Terrible to watch. FAST is essential.

  50. Melanie Kamenik says:

    I don’t have a family members but have known quite a few people in my life who have had strokes. I used to be a nurse in a nursing home and many of my residents had strokes at one pint in their lives. I’m very familiar with FAST.

  51. My father had a stroke 2 months ago. He had been having some episodes of lightheadedness but did not get checked. He is doing great now!

  52. Diandra Rodriguez says:

    Great giveaway thanks for the chance!

  53. Richard Hicks says:

    Unfortunately I do know family members that have had strokes. Horrible medical condition to say the least. The face drooping is a dead giveaway for it.

  54. yarnaddicted says:

    I’m very familiar with FAST, my hubby has had 2 severe strokes.

  55. i know a couple people who have had a stroke. A couple didn’t really recover from it. Prayers for those who has lost a family member because they didn’t recognize the signs to get early treatment.

  56. jennifer peters says:

    MY grandpa had a stroke when I was younger. I wasnt with him when it happened. But I don’t think my grandma knew the warning sighs. He lived but was never close to the same

  57. Carolyn Smith says:

    My previous boss had a stroke once. I think it’s so important for us to all know the warning signs so we can call for help as soon as possible! Thank you so much for this post and helping keep awareness up!

  58. Kyl Neusch says:

    uncle had stroke a few yrs ago

  59. I do not know anyone who has had a stroke, but I do think it is very important for everyone to know FAST. You never know when it could save a life.

  60. Ashley Dionne says:

    My great grand father died of a stroke. FAST is easy enough for anyone to remember the signs!

  61. My grandpa had a stroke when I was a child.

  62. It’s so important to recognize the signs of a stroke, especially as people are living longer. Thanks for the reminders of what to look for.

  63. Brittney House says:

    I actually just had a coworker that had one at work and it was scary. I know read up on the signs and what to do in case someone is having one.

  64. My husbands uncle recently had a stroke, he is currently in a rehab facility gaining mobility little by little on his left side.

  65. Ashley turicik says:

    I learned that face drooping is a sign. I have never been in a situation involving a stroke

  66. Our friend had a stroke in his 50’s. Luckily he has recovered.

  67. No one I know closely has had a stroke, thankfully. The arm weakness and drooping is something to look out for.

  68. Vanessa Deneen says:

    My grandfather had multiple strokes. I was young then and I didn’t know any of the symptoms. I am more educated on the issue now.

  69. My only brother had a stroke this July @ age 59. My cousin found him and his speech was incoherent. He lived alone and I don’t know what would have happened if she had not stopped by that night. He is now in a nursing home for life.

  70. My paternal Grandfather passed years back after having multiple strokes. I have known the signs after spending years working in hospitals. This is great information to get out there for people to know. Saves lives and quality of life.

  71. My cousin’s mom had a stroke in her 50s. I am not too familiar with early signs, it’s a very scary situation.

  72. A neighbor had one. It left him paralyzed for a while.

  73. Samantha Mills says:

    This is great information. Thank you so much for sharing this. My mother had a mini stroke before before when I was with her. It was the scariest thing for me. She discovered that her blood pressure was always amazingly high.(which I had been telling her) Luckily, she didn’t suffer any long term damage that we know of to her body (and they did tons of tests to check). Now she takes medication to manage her BP.

  74. My grandfather had a stroke about 30 years ago.

  75. My grandmother has several blood clots in her legs as a result of a surgery and we all had to be trained to spot a stroke just in case. She recently had a small one while cooking dinner and had it not been for my grandpa quickly acknowledging it who knows how bad it could have been. So this is great refresher on the signs and symptoms.

  76. Chelsea Lindsay says:

    I don’t personally know anybody that has had a stroke, but I do know people who have family members who have had a stroke. I do know some of the signs of a stroke though.

  77. My cousin’s wife had a stroke but she had damage to the left side of her body.

  78. Christina Sparks says:

    Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?

  79. I don’t know anyone that has had a stroke, but it is good to know what FAST is.

  80. I never knew the signs, Thanks

  81. I don’t know anyone who has had a stroke but I’m thankful for the information provided in this blog. Thank you.

  82. My grandmother died from a stroke.

  83. Lisa Davis says:

    I used to work in clinic for homeless people, so I saw people who had had strokes and were then disabled and ended up homeless.

  84. A sign is slurring of words.

  85. I just recently had my dad pass away, but before he did, he was living with me. I remember thinking he had a stroke because he was talking nonsense. My daughter, who works at 911, went over all the tests with me, so I do know them.

  86. I’ve seen people that have had a stroke. I don’t know anyone personally. It’s a horrible thing to recover from.

  87. I think an app should be created with this info. When you’re in a panic state sometimes it’s hard to remember signs of a stroke. I haven’t had to experience this and I hope I never do but I will know the signs if I need to help someone

  88. My grandfather had a couple of small strokes a while back. Thankfully, he is doing better now.

  89. Terri Irvin says:

    My Grandmother had a stroke and started talking gibberish. Any kind of slurring or words not making sense could be a sign. Arm weakness is another sign,

  90. Kimberly Lipps says:

    My Grandmother had multiple strokes before she passed away. We are very familiar with the signs. This is great information for people that are not familiar with what to look for.

  91. My brother just suffered two strokes this month. He also is a brain cancer survivor.

  92. My uncle pased away from a stroke a few years ago. He was alone at the time and it happened fast.

  93. My Sister-In-Law, and she was in her 20’s. My advice is to throughout investigate/research medications you are taking, and be careful when choosing a chiropractor.

  94. I have never known anyone that had a stroke but now I know F.A.S.T. and will know what to do in case something does happen.

  95. My granddad has has several small strokes which have left him unable to live alone. He was once so full of energy and now he moves very slow. He taught all of the grandchildren to play kickball and basketball. It saddens me that he will not be able to do that with my children.

  96. i have had an aunt that had a stroke, the warning signs are confusion, loss of motor skills, high blood pressure

  97. My grandmother had strokes and heart attacks. She died of heart disease. I know that face drooping and slurred speech can be signs of a stroke, or signs that someone had a stroke. F.A.S.T. – face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, and time to call 9-1-1.

  98. My husband’s grandmother had a stroke

  99. mizztara71 says:

    My cousin had a massive stroke about two years ago. It happened after she went to bed and very suddenly. By the time the ambulance arrived she had passed.

  100. My grandmother had a stroke. I will remember the fast facts.

  101. My brother in law called 911 as soon as he saw his mouth drooping in the mirror!

  102. I know a number of older people that have had strokes. Some had mini strokes that were less noticeable symptom-wise. They didn’t have the more obvious symptoms.

  103. cynthia dawson says:

    My father had a stroke about 6 years ago. he is now beginning to have memory problems.

  104. My Grandma and my Mom had strokes. My Mom had a t.i.a. with temporary impairment, but still scary.

  105. I have had a grandfather, friend, and uncle who had strokes.

  106. Gladys Aguilar says:

    I don’t know anybody who has had a stroke but this info is great if the ocassion ever arrives.

  107. gina blades says:

    I thankfully don’t know anyone who has had a stroke but I know the signs.

  108. Speech Difficulty is a symptom of a stroke. One of my co workers ended up having a stroke that helped identify a brain tumor. She is now done with chemo and in remission.

  109. janette polivka says:

    I’m not really sure the signs of when they are happening. My grandmother used to have what they call silent strokes. They were happening internally,but we never were able to tell on the outside. Until the after effects of a few.

  110. Had a good friend have a stroke, post-op, after cardiac surgery; thankfully he recovered !

  111. Trisha McKee says:

    My mom had a stroke. She was in the hospital after that and suffered from more strokes and unfortunately did not make it.

  112. Christina Strapp Lambert says:

    My great grandmother had many, many strokes. She would have the slurred speech and both arm weakness along with drooping of the face. She never recovered from them 🙁

  113. I’ve know two people to have strokes w/in the past year. One was an older man who my fiancee befriended shortly before we started dating. He was an amazing man! My grandfather passed away when I was about 3ms pregnant with my middle child (of 3) and this man was sort of a grandfather figure for him, they had such a great bond, truly sweet. He beat prostate cancer and then about 6 months later he suffered a massive heart attack and passed away in July. He loved Christmas, had a huge tree he always put up and was finicky about how the lights and thousands of ornaments were placed on the tree, it was truly beautiful.
    The other man I know how had a stroke this year in someone who used to work for my mom and he was on a job with her when he had his first stroke. He lost feeling in his arm and his speech became slurred. Being the high strung person he is she had to fight with him a bit to get him to go to the hospital, he wanted to keep working. He survived, but he had several more strokes following that over this summer and has no use of his arm.
    Strokes are very scary and these two men have about 30 years age difference between them.

  114. A stroke can happen at any time. You need to seek medical treatment right away. The sooner you receive help the better your chances are of recovering. We should never take symptoms lightly. It is better to be safe than sorry. Thank you for this great article.

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