As a provider for stroke patients, Baptist Health Floyd is celebrating World Stroke Day on Wednesday, October 29. According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability in the U.S. A stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age. It is estimated that one stroke will occur every 40 seconds.
It is important to know signs of a stroke. Identifying stroke symptoms can be easily remembered with the acronym FAST:
F: Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A: Arms. Ask the person to raise their arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S: Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T: Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
If any of these symptoms occur, call 9-1-1 immediately. It is important to note the time when the symptoms first appeared. Certain clot-busting medications can be used for treatment to reduce long-term disability for a common stroke if it is within three hours of the start of the symptoms.
For more information, visit stroke.org.