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National Stroke Awareness Month: Identifying the 5 Signs of Stroke

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month, a time of the year to increase public awareness of stroke in an effort to conquer it. According to the CDC, stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year—that’s one out of every 18 deaths.

Quickly identify the signs of stroke and getting medical attention can lower the risk of death or disability. Below are a few simple tips to help you identify a potential stroke.

Five Signs of Stroke:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or trouble understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headaches, with no known cause, and vomiting are more common in bleeding strokes

The acronym FAST can also help you quickly identify if someone may be experiencing a stroke.

F – Face: Can they smile? Does the face look uneven?
A – Arms: Can they raise both arms?
S – Speech: Are they having trouble talking?
T – Time: Call 911 immediately.

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