May is National Stroke Awareness Month. You can help ‘Save A Life’ by acting F. A. S. T. When someone is having a stroke, every minute counts. Just as putting out a fire quickly can stop it from spreading, treating a stroke quickly can reduce damage to the brain. If you learn how to recognize the telltale signs of a stroke, you can act quickly & save a life - maybe even your own.
Acting F. A. S. T. can help stroke patients get the treatments they desperately need. The stroke treatments that work best are available only if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within 3 hours of the first symptoms. Stroke patients may not be eligible for these if they don’t arrive at the hospital in time.
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F. A. S. T. and do this simple test:
F - FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A - ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S - SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T - TIME: If you see any of these signs call 9-1-1 right away.
*This message is courtesy of our parish's Nurse Ministry. To learn more, visit the Nurse Ministry page of our website here
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