After Stroke — May is Stroke Awareness Month

After Stroke -- May is Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the signs, symptoms, and prevention of stroke. Stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, but with knowledge and action, we can reduce the risk and improve outcomes. The ASF is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by stroke through education, support, and resources.

Do you know the symptoms of a stroke? Remember the acronym BE FAST.

  • B — Balance — feeling of being off balance?
  • E — Eye Sight changes
  • F — Face — is is drooping?
  • A — Arms — can you raise both?
  • S — Speech — is it slurred or jumbled?
  • T — Time — Time to call 9-1-1 right away! The quicker you act, the more of the person you save.

Ask your healthcare professional how to reduce your risk of stroke.

To reduce your risk:

  1. Know your blood pressure.
  2. Find out whether you have atrial fibrillation.
  3. If you smoke, STOP.
  4. Find out if you have high cholesterol.
  5. If diabetic, follow recommendations to control your diabetes.
  6. Include exercise in your daily routine.
  7. Enjoy a lower-sodium (salt), lower fat diet.