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May is National Stroke Awareness Month: Learn the Signs

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), stroke kills almost 130,000 Americans every year, and is a leading cause of death in the United States.

Medical advances have helped tremendously, cutting the number of deaths caused by stroke by a third between 2001 and 2011 (CDC), but stroke still remains a significant challenge for those affected.

While many risk factors (such as heredity) can’t be changed, getting treatment for a stroke right away can help.

Recognizing the symptoms of stroke is key to getting quick treatment. That’s why The National Stroke Association and others are devoting the month of May to increasing stroke symptom awareness. May was deemed Stroke Awareness Month by President George H.W. Bush back in 1989.

Part of the campaign is promoting the acronym F.A.S.T., a quick way to familiarize yourself with hallmark symptoms of stroke. The letters stand for ‘Face Drooping’ (F), ‘Arm Weakness’ (A), ‘Speech Difficulty’ (S), and ‘Time to Call 911’ (T).

For a quick and easy-to-remember lesson on recognizing the signs of stroke, you can watch an animated infographic from AdvaMed or check out the Neurosurgery Blog.

The team at the Department of Neurosurgery is dedicated to stroke prevention. Read our previous posts to learn more:

Stroke Treatment: Time Is Brain

Worried About A Stroke? It Might Be Time To Move To New York

Dr. Philip Meyers Interviewed About Women & Stroke On NPR

Learn more about the Columbia Cerebrovascular Center and the Endovascular Center where our physicians specialize in the treatment of stroke.

Image credit: By permission

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