May is Stroke Awareness Month
Every Second Counts.
Every 3.5 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies of a stroke
Stroke is a leading cause of death in the country and a major cause of serious disability. In the U.S., more than 800,000 people suffer from strokes each year.
Know the SIGNS.
Sudden NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden CONFUSION, trouble speaking, or trouble understanding speech
Sudden TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes
Sudden TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
Sudden SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause
Source: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Fact: Someone is hospitalized with a stroke every 20 minutes in North Carolina.
Good News: 80% of strokes are preventable.
Know the symptoms. Remember BE FAST…
B – Balance (balance issues)
E – Eyes (vision issues or loss)
F – Face (face drooping, usually on one side)
A – Arm or leg (numbness)
S – Speech (difficulty talking, slurring words)
T – Terrible headache (or time to seek medical help)