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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

by Elizabeth Suelzer, MLIS, AHIP on 2024-05-24T14:05:00-05:00 | 0 Comments

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States per the American Stroke Association.  

Learn more about available resources on stroke prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prevention for health care providers on the Advocate Health – Midwest Library’s Stroke guide.  This guide is part of our broader guide on Neurology.

Stroke Symptoms

Call 911 if these signs are present

F.A.S.T. Warning Signs

Use the letters in F.A.S.T. to spot a Stroke

  • F = Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
  • A = Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S = Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred?
  • T = Time to call 911 – Stroke is an emergency. Every minute counts. Call 911 immediately. Note the time when any of the symptoms first appear.

Other Stroke Symptoms

Watch for Sudden:

  • NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes
  • TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause

Source: Stroke Symptoms and Warning Signs | American Stroke Association

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