May is Stroke Month!

According to the American Stroke Association, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. The quicker the stroke is treated, the more likely someone is to recover. No matter what stage of life you are in, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke. Whether you are a parent, a caregiver, or a friend you can help save a life. Let’s explore the signs, symptoms, and resources below.

What is a stroke?
A stroke happens when a blood vessel is in the brain and is blocked or bursts. Brain damage during a stroke can begin within minutes, and that’s why every minute counts!

What are the symptoms of a stroke?

Signs and symptoms of a stroke can happen quickly. A stroke may cause:

  • Sudden numbness, tingling, or weakness, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of your body.
  • Sudden change in vision
  • Sudden trouble speaking
  • Sudden confusion
  • Trouble walking

Act F.A.S.T. and B.E. F.A.S.T.
What does B.E. F.A.S.T. mean and how can it help you or your loved ones? If you or someone else is experiencing these signs of symptoms, dial 9-1-1 for immediate medical attention.

B — Balance Difficulty
E — Eye Changes

F — Face Drooping
A — Arm Weakness
S — Speech Difficulty
T — Time to call 9-1-
1

Ways to prevent a stroke It’s important to know the risk factors associated with a stroke. You can control and treat various risk factors for stroke, by doing the following:

  • Stop smoking
  • Improve your diet
  • Reduce blood sugar
  • Be active
  • Lose weight

Resources
Whether you are a caregiver, a family member, or someone who has experienced a stroke, there are many ways you can get connected!

For more information about how you can join our Forrest General Stroke Support Facebook Group, please visit www.forresthealth.org/strokegroup 

Forrest General is home to an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, which features a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. For more information about our Advanced Primary Stroke Center or to learn more about stroke signs, symptoms and risk factors, visit www.forresthealth.org/stroke

With a highly-specialized acute rehabilitation center, Forrest General offers a variety of services. For more information about inpatient rehabilitation at Forrest General’s Rehabilitation Center, call 601-288-3800.

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