National Stroke Awareness Month takes place in May every year. A stroke is an emergency brain attack, cutting vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain. About 795,000 people in the U.S. will have a stroke this year.
That means that every 40 seconds, someone suffers from a stroke. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., and a leading cause of adult long-term disability. Twice as many African Americans have strokes than whites.
Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, increasing the risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. Recognizing symptoms and acting FAST to get medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities.
Use FAST to remember the warning signs of Stroke:
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 phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately. The sooner you call 911, the better the chance of recovery.
There are an estimated 7 million stoke survivors in the U.S. Robinson Memorial Hospital’s Health Education Center offers a stroke support group for those who have suffered a stroke and their loved ones. The stroke support group meets monthly, providing a guest speaker and light refreshments.
The next support group meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 20, from 4 to 5pm with guest speaker Dr. Roswell Dorsett, to be held in the Robinson Medical Arts Building, Room 25.
Please call the Health Education Center at (330) 297-2576 if you would like to attend or have any questions.