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May is Stroke Awareness Month

May is a very special month for women it is a time to honor our Mothers and to continue to care of our health!

Like heart disease, stroke is a major threat to the health and well being of women.  Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women and stroke is number three. Stroke is also the leading cause of severe, long-term disability in women.  A stroke occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

Honor the month of May as Stroke Awareness, by understanding your personal risk factors, learning the most common signs of a stroke and dialing 9-1-1 if you experience even one of the signs below!

  1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  3. Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes.
  4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  5. Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Another way to remember the signs of a stroke is with F.A.S.T. acronym:
F:  Facing drooping
A:  Arm weakness
S:  Speech difficulty
T:  Time to call 9-1-1

FAST Stroke Awareness Video Clip 

For more information about Stroke Awareness, check out the Wisconsin Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program or the American Stroke Association.


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