GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) May is Stroke Awareness Month, an important time to understand what exactly a stroke is, the warning signs and symptoms, and how to prevent one from happening.
Everyone is at risk for a stroke, but certain factors can increase your risk that are simply out of your control.
Age is one factor. People over 55 are more at risk for having a stroke. Men are also more likely to suffer, and risk is higher among African-Americans.
An acronym to help you better understand the signs and symptoms of stroke is FAST.
F – Face (sudden facial droop, uneven smile)
A – Arms (numbness, weakness)
S – Speech (slurred, difficulty understanding)
T – Time (call 911 or get to the nearest hospital as soon as possible)
For more information on stroke awareness, and Aurora BayCare’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, click here.