May is National Stroke Awareness Month

stroke_wordcloudDuring American Stroke Month in May, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association asks all Americans to learn two things that may save a life:

1. Know if you are at risk for stroke.
2. Know the stroke warning signs and what to do in a stroke emergency.

Through the American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke initiative, the association provides information and tools to help people prevent, treat and beat stroke. A free stroke risk assessment, available at StrokeAssociation.org/strokemonth, helps individuals evaluate their personal stroke risk and work with their doctor to begin a prevention plan.

Together to End Stroke, nationally sponsored by Covidien, a global healthcare product company, teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people to recognize a stroke and what to do if one occurs:

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Additional stroke signs include: Sudden severe headache with no known cause; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; or sudden confusion or trouble understanding.

Together to End Stroke offers a free “Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.” mobile app for iOS and Android, including the warning signs and a searchable map to find local hospitals recognized for heart and stroke care…such as those in Coliseum Health System!

Have additional questions about recognizing a stroke and what to do in the event of a stroke? Contant Kristen Ankrom at kristen.ankrom@hcahealthcare.com