Did you know that May is Better Speech and Hearing Month? This year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has chosen Identify the Signs as the theme for this year’s public awareness campaign. In support of Better Speech and Hearing Month, each week in May, Speech Associates of NY is dedicating a blog to educating the public about the warning signs of different communication disorders. This week, we’ll address a topic that could save the life of a loved one: warning signs of a stroke.
On average, one person in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, resulting in almost 795,000 new or recurrent strokes in the United States per year! A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain either bursts or is blocked by a clot, depriving the brain of the blood and oxygen it needs to function. A stroke can cause serious disability or death, but early medical intervention can make a huge difference. By learning the early warning signs of a stroke, you may be able to save the life of a loved one. Here is an easy way to remember the basic early warning signs of a stroke from the American Stroke Association. When someone is having a stroke, you need to call 911 “F.A.S.T.”!
Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.
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