May is American Stroke Month and we’re calling on everyone to become a Stroke Hero by knowing the warning signs of a stroke and to call 9-1-1 when you believe a stroke is happening.
Meet David Layton from Triad, NC. He is the first Stroke Hero recognized by the American Stroke Association this month! David is a stroke survivor, AHA/ASA volunteer and advocate who has impacted his community through his tireless efforts to spread stroke awareness. Thanks for all you do, David! Head over to the ASA facebook page and share a comment of gratitude for our hero, David. And while you’re there, nominate a stroke hero that you know, to be featured by ASA.
What does it take to be a Stroke Hero? Here are 3 easy ways that you can become one today!
1. Know the warning signs of a stroke and when to call 9-1-1. To help you remember, use F.A.S.T as an acronym:
- Face Dropping – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
- Arm Weakness– Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one arm weak or numb? Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech Difficulty– Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly? Are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand?
- Time to call 9-1-1– If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
3. Watch and learn from this powerful PSA