May is National Stroke Awareness Month

By WKTV News

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and local experts are offering tips on what to do if someone you know suffers from a stroke as well as what you can do to help prevent the chances of a stroke.

Medical officials are pushing a system called "FAST," which stands for "Face, Arms, Speech and Time."

If you notice a person's face is drooping, if they put their arm up and it falls, if speech is slurred, there is little time to act. It's important to take the person to the emergency or a stroke center, not to the family physician.

"You can't wait until your daughter comes home. You should not call the doctor's office. You need to call 911 and get to an emergency room," said Angelina Roache, Stroke Program clinical coordinator.

The goal of Stroke Awareness Month is to increase the community's awareness of stroke.

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