Stroke Can Happen to Anyone: Learn the F.A.S.T. Response to Save Lives

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Makeba Giles

Makeba Giles

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Disclosure: this content has been sponsored by American Stroke Association in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand

The latest statistics are staggering. Every 2 seconds, someone in the world suffers a stroke. Yes you read that correctly: two seconds.

Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability and the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. Millions of Americans, no matter their age, race or gender is safe from a stroke.

I learned this the hard way when my father suffered a stroke in 2014. Since that time, I have become passionate about understanding more about stroke prevention.

I ask more questions about my family health history. I’ve increased my learning when it comes to stroke and stroke prevention. I’m in constant contact with my health care physician to keep an individualized action plan to safeguard myself against the risk of stroke as much as I possibly can.

There is good news, armed with the proper information stroke is treatable and survivable. The key is to recognize the signs and get help F.A.S.T. (Face, Arm, Speech, Time).

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In recognition of World Stroke Day (October 29), the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is urging the public to learn the warning signs of stroke and what “F.A.S.T.” means. The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover.

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Did You Know?

Someone in the U.S. dies of stroke every four minutes

There are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the U.S.

Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age     

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To further aid in the public’s awareness of F.A.S.T., the American Stroke Association has created a fun and engaging stroke awareness video as a public service message.

The song used in the video is a parody of the well-known Y.M.C.A song from the 70’s. It features a person having a stroke in a diner and the patrons and staff breaking out in song and dance as they sing about the acronym F.A.S.T. Take a look below.
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Together, we can empower our family, friends, and loved ones to be more aware of the signs and symptoms stroke, and the proper response in the event of a stroke emergency. Knowledge and quick response can be the difference between recovery and disability.
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For more information, visit: StrokeAssociation.org.

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