Stroke Awareness Month: Warning signs of a stroke

Stroke Awareness Month: Warning signs of a stroke
May is stroke awareness month, and most Americans do not know the warning signs of a stroke. The fact is anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be knowledgeable about the most common warning signs. Learning how to spot a stroke could save a life.

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The best way is to remember the word F. A. S. T. which is an acronym of the most common signs:

•F - Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop?
•A - Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb?
•S - Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred or difficult to understand?
•T - Time to call 9-1-1: If the person has any of the above symptoms call 9-1-1 because only seconds count.
In worst case scenario, if a person does not make it to a doctor in time there are long term damages such as permanent disability that never comes back. Whether it is an inability to speak, a facial weakness that is there for life, or one side of the body that does not work. However there is rehab available that can try to improve these disabilities. Doctor Mark Newton with Doctors Hospital says many refer to the south as the stroke belt so its important that those who live here are aware. "In particular in parts of Georgia it is what they call the buckle of the stroke belt which is just high risk and we have people with high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol . . all the things that start to narrow all of our arteries. And at the same time if you get a small clot in there as well, in a narrowed vessel, you can have a lot of damage."

Doctor Newton recommends those with high blood pressure to take their medication and if you have elevated cholesterol get it checked; doing so will lower you risk.

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