5 Things Every Stroke Hero Should Know – May is American Stroke Month #StrokeChat

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Everything Mommyhood has teamed up with the American Heart Association for this social good post to bring awareness to our readers. May is American Stroke Awareness month and I think it’s so important to share awareness about this to all of you. Please spread the word to your friends and family. Either by word of mouth, or you can feel free to share this post as well.

There are many super heroes out there. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, people who are simply lending a hand to others. We consider those people super heroes. Many of those super heroes are behind the scenes; they never get recognition for what they do, and that is okay with them.

But what if you could be a super hero that saves lives? You might be thinking – wow, that would be a big deal – right? It is much easier than you might think!

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May is American Stroke Month, so we’re working with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Ad Council to raise awareness about Stroke knowledge, prevention, and what to do in an emergency. Stroke is the No. 1 preventable cause of disability – and 80 percent of strokes are preventable!

You don’t need superpowers to be a Stroke Hero.

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You can be a Stroke Hero by controlling your blood pressure and other risk factors and by knowing F.A.S.T, the warning signs of stroke, so you’re ready to take action and help others know when and how to take action! Only 9% of us can identify all the letters in the F.A.S.T. acronym for 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-removing device.

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.

If you know someone who could be at risk for a stroke, or even yourself – take the #StrokeHero quiz. It is fast, easy, and could save your life or the lives of people that you love.

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While stroke threatens millions of lives, it is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. Together, we can end stroke. Share this with your family, friends, co-workers and community by sharing on social media. You can share this post or tweet: You don’t need superpowers to be a #StrokeHero. Live healthier and know the F.A.S.T. warning signs – StrokeAssociation.org/StrokeHero

Chat

Want to get more involved? Join the #StrokeChat hosted by @American_Stroke on 5/18 at 12pm CDT. Stroke experts will join from local AHA/ASA handles coast to coast and we’ll have an engaging conversation about superpowers, the face of stroke, what’s in the news, and give away some swag from NBA All Star Paul George and ALEX AND ANI who just debuted a new bangle honoring stroke survivors.

Disclosure: Everything Mommyhood was NOT compensated for this posting. This is a social good post and we are just bringing awareness to our readers out of the goodness of our hearts!

Comments

  1. Always be on the safe side with these signs and symptoms. Getting to the doctor immediately can save you from severe damage from the stroke. This is serious

  2. Thanks so much for this post. I will be 67 this summer and stroke is in the back of my mind.

  3. This is extremely useful information that everyone should know. This could save someone.

  4. ncjeepster says:

    Thanks for sharing this very important information. Strokes run in our family and I have experience of being a caregiver family with strokes. Everyone should read and make sure they are taking steps to prevent them if at all possible.

  5. Took level 1 first aide.Do know all the warning signs.Everyone should know them!

  6. Brandon Sparks says:

    Great info.. Thank you so so much..

  7. i know some of the signs of strokes as my dad and brother both had one. My dad survived a few days and my brother was in bad shape for about a month or so. He did recover a lot but it still left some effects on him. These are important things to know. thanks for the chart and information.

  8. Lisa F. says:

    Sorry I missed this twitter chat. My mom survived a brain aneurysm 11 years ago.which I believe is related to stroke. Makes me wonder if she’s susceptible in the future.

  9. Praemonitus praemunitus (forewarned is forearmed!), both my husband and I have high blood pressure, we are treating it. fully aware that it places us at risk for a stroke.

  10. Thanks for this very informational post. Hopefully, it will help save a life.

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