May is American Stroke Month. Why is American Stroke Month important? Because every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke. Because stroke is the leading cause of severe, long-term disability.
A stroke—or brain attack—occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted either by a blood clot or burst blood vessel in the brain. Stroke is a serious medical emergency. When someone recognizes a stroke and acts fast, the patient has a greater chance of receiving life-saving treatment to reduce the risk of brain damage and disability.
Can you spot the signs of a stroke? It might make the difference between life and death or between a full recovery and permanent disability.
F - Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
A - Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S - Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T - Time to call 911: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately.
At the MUSC Health Comprehensive Stroke Center, our stroke specialists have one of the fastest times in the country for treating stroke patients with clot-busting medication or necessary medical procedures. With one of the nation's largest teams of top stroke and cerebrovascular specialists supported by a full range of leading-edge technology and facilities, our patients receive care available only at the most elite neuroscience medical centers in the country.
If you spot signs of a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and choose MUSC Health for the best stroke care in South Carolina.