May is National Stroke Awareness Month we can agree. Right? Especially this month I’ve found all public agencies seem to be trying to get their own “version” of their message out about recognizing the warning signs for stroke. This post is to clear up the confusion and help you decide which you like better.
Regardless of the mnemonic you choose-simply KNOW-STROKE!
Here is what several agencies are arguing about:
(from Stroke.org) USE Act FAST
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, a time to educate the nation and spread awareness about stroke prevention, symptom recognition and recovery. In recent years stroke deaths have declined by 10,000 Americans. This year, National Stroke Association hopes to continue to reduce stroke deaths by educating the public to recognize stroke symptoms, and to Act F.A.S.T. and “Save a Life.”
- For every minute that brain cells are deprived of oxygen during stroke, the likelihood of brain damage increases. Act F.A.S.T.
- Treatment can be more effective if given early on. Act F.A.S.T.
- TIA (transient ischemic attack) is a risk factor of stroke and a call to action to prevent a stroke. Act F.A.S.T.
For the six million stroke survivors in the United States, Acting F.A.S.T. is even more critical because they are at risk for a recurrent stroke. But stroke prevention is only one part of the stroke recovery journey. For stroke survivors, the other integral component is National Stroke Association’s message of HOPE: Stroke is a Lifelong Journey. Because hope is such an important part of a successful stroke recovery. Click here to download materials that will help survivors and caregivers on their road to recovery.
If you have any stroke symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may have had a TIA or mini-stroke. Ask your doctor if you can lower your risk for stroke by taking aspirin, or by other means.
If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:
|FACE||Ask the person to smile.
Does one side of the face droop?
|ARMS||Ask the person to raise both arms.
Does one arm drift downward?
|SPEECH||Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.
Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?
|TIME||If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important.
Call 911 or get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.
This is from the Stroke Collaborative
and why they prefer “Give Me Five”
Strengthening the Stroke Team