May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Metro Health University of Michigan Health is taking the opportunity to bring attention to strokes and aneurysms, their risk factors, symptoms, and impact on sufferers, including young people. Here to talk to us more about this is Dr. Elias along with his patient Marcia Fitzgerald-Monterusso.
Contrary to common assumptions, a stroke can strike at any age. The one thing stroke sufferers have in common, whether they are 25 or 75, is this: The faster they get treatment, the better their chance at survival.
The acronym FAST is an easy way to identify the most common symptoms of a stroke:
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 sentence. Is their speech slurred?
T – Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.