GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Learning how to act fast is the main message to take away during Stroke Awareness Month. Theresa Price is the Stroke Program Coordinator at Spectrum Health and she outlines sure signs that someone is in trouble. Take this little 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 his/her speech slurred or strange?
T = Time
If you notice any of these signs, call 911 immediately. Stroke can be fatal. It's the number four cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United State. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age. Stroke is more common in women. African Americans have almost twice the risk of stroke compared to whites. The most important thing to know is that most strokes can be prevented and, when strokes occur, swift, appropriate response can save lives. Act FAST when the signs of stroke appear. Spectrum Health treats more stroke patients than any other provider in the Michigan. In honor of Stroke Awareness Month, Spectrum Health is holding free stroke education and screening events in May in several of its facilities. Participants will be able to find out if they are at risk for stroke and what they can do to prevent stroke. Pre-register is not required.
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