02:25am Wednesday 27 May 2020

May is American Stroke Month

Did you know…

  • Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke — the fourth leading cause of death and the leading preventable cause of disability.
  • Calling 9-1-1 gets stroke patients to the hospital fast during a stroke emergency.  Yet, according to new research in an American Heart Association journal, more than a third of stroke patients don’t go to the hospital via ambulance.
  • When someone recognizes a stroke and acts fast by calling 9-1-1, the patient has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and improving the outcome.

Through Together to End Stroke, the association is using the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people to recognize a stroke. This is important for everyone to know, because most of the time, it is bystanders who need to recognize the symptoms and call 9-1-1.

A mobile app is available (free download until May 6th) to help people to recognize a stroke F.A.S.T. and 9-1-1 may be dialed directly from the app.  For more information visit StrokeAssociation.org.

F.A.S.T. stands for:


FFace Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.


 AArm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?


SSpeech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?


   TTime to call 911: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.


Being transported to the hospital by ambulance is associated with:


  • Early arrival – getting to the hospital within 3-hours of symptom onset to be evaluated for clot busting drugs or potential medical procedures or devices
  • Quicker evaluation – getting a brain scan within 25 minutes of hospital arrival
  • Faster treatment – receiving clot busting drugs within 60 minutes of arrival


For more information visit StrokeAssociation.org.

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