VIDALIA – At Meadows Health, we know all too well how devastating a stroke can be.
As a designated Remote Stroke Treatment Center, we work closely with Toombs-Montgomery EMS and use telemedicine to quickly identify patients that qualify for specialized stroke treatment.
That’s why as part of National Stroke Awareness Month this May, we want to make sure our patients and residents are armed with the facts and know what to do in case of a stroke.
Sometimes called a “brain attack,” a stroke occurs when blood flow is cut off to part of the brain. Without blood flowing to the brain, cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die.
Depending on where the stroke occurs and how much damage it does, a stroke can cause minor damage or weakness in limbs or can cause debilitating damage or even death.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke.
Here in Georgia, the stroke death rate is 14% higher than the U.S. average and African-American men are at greater risk for stroke than any other group of men in the United States.
Despite these grim statistics, stroke can be prevented. In fact, 80% of strokes are preventable.
The key to surviving and overcoming the effects of stroke is to learn to recognize the symptoms so you can act as quickly as possible. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the potential for disability or brain damage.
F.A.S.T. is an easy acronym to remember that may just help you save the life of someone you know or love.
F stands for face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A stands for arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S stands for speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T stands for time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
In addition to F.A.S.T. here are some other symptoms to look for:
In addition to recognizing the symptoms, there are preventive measures you can take to reduce your overall risk for stroke.