National Stroke Awareness Month
National Stroke Awareness Month: Know the Symptoms of the Deadly Disease and How to Save Lives
National Stroke Awareness Month is observed in the U.S. every year during the month of May. The observance began in May 1989 after President George H. W. Bush signed Presidential Proclamation 5975.
The presidential proclamation was made to promote public awareness of the deadly disease and how to prevent it. The month-long observance also serves as a reminder of how charitable people and organizations have been helping stroke patients in fighting off the disease and surviving it.
How Can You Save a Life?
According to the National Stroke Association, about 795,000 Americans suffer from a new or recurrent stroke every year. The disease is also the fifth leading cause of deaths in the U.S.
Did you know that 37 percent of all Americans can’t accurately identify even one stroke warning sign? That’s why the National Stroke Association has put up a “Save A Life” guide to educate people about the risk factors of stroke, its symptoms, and preventive options.
What Is Stroke?
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It happens when a blood vessel that feeds the brain either gets blocked by a clot or ruptures, which results in cutting the brain’s supply of blood. The longer the brain goes off without the supply of oxygen-rich blood, the greater the damage inflicted.
How Can You Spot a Stroke? (F.A.S.T)
The National Stroke Association has come out with its “FAST” guidelines – an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke. If you spot the signs shown by a family member or a friend, you’ll know it’s time to call 911 or your local emergency hotline for help.
“FAST” is an acronym that means:
- “F” is for face drooping.
Check if one side of the person’s face droops or gets numb. Ask if the person can smile. If the person can’t, that’s a clear sign of stroke.
- “A” is for arm weakness.
Check if one or both arms are weak or numb, or one arm drifts downwards. Ask if the person can raise both arms. If he or she can’t, then that’s a danger sign.
- “S” is for speech difficulty.
Check if the person’s speech is unclear. Let the person say a simple sentence and check if it’s repeated correctly. If you can’t understand what the person is saying or if the latter can’t speak at all, that’s another danger sign.
- “T” is for time to call 911.
If any of these symptoms appear, even if they go away, call 911 or your local emergency hotline and bring the person to the hospital right away.
Other Symptoms of Stroke
There are other symptoms of stroke that you need to spot. Check a person showing symptoms of the disease if he or she exhibits the following:
- Numbness or weakness of the leg
- Confusion or trouble understanding
- Trouble with vision in one or both eyes
- Having a hard time walking, wooziness, or loss of balance and coordination
- Severe headache with no known reason
The quicker your action and the sooner the victim gets to the hospital, the better the chances of the person getting treated and surviving the disease.
Save More Lives!
You can save the lives of more people suffering from deadly diseases through your charitable act.
For instance, you can give many of your fellow Americans suffering from breast cancer a second chance in life by donating your old and unwanted car to Breast Cancer Car Donations. You can donate a car, van, camper, boat, or any type of vehicle to us, and we’ll use it as a funding resource for our nonprofit organization partners to support their programs and services that cater to all people needing breast health services, particularly the uninsured and underserved breast cancer victims.
You can make your donation anywhere in the United States since we have car donation programs in the various cities and towns in all 50 states. Your charitable act will help not just breast cancer victims but yourself as well as you stand to receive benefits for your generosity. These benefits include free and fast towing services and maximized tax deductions.