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May is American Stroke Month, and MUSC wants to help increase stroke awareness and educate South Carolinians that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.

Do you know how to spot the signs of a stroke?

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, you'll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away. F.A.S.T. is:

  • F: Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
  • 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? Is the person unable to speak or 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 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Time is brain. New treatments are available that greatly reduce the damage caused by a stroke--but you need to arrive at the hospital within 60 minutes after symptoms start to prevent disability.

MUSC's Comprehensive Stroke Center services include the latest in surgical and minimally invasive interventions, telemedicine outreach, on-site emergency care, on, stroke-specific hospital units and trained staff.

May is American Stroke Month, which is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s annual campaign to increase stroke awareness and to educate Americans that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.

At MUSC, we are working hard to end stroke and are excited to offer a free community stroke awareness health fair on Thursday, May 22, from 10 am to 2 pm at the MUSC Horseshoe, located at 165 Ashley Ave.

The team from the MUSC Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center will be providing free screenings and information, including:

  • Consultations
  • Blood pressure readings
  • Cholesterol & blood sugar screenings (no food 3 hours prior to cholesterol screening, if possible. Limited to first 40 attendees)
  • Nutrition information
  • Weight management
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational & physical therapies
  • Diabetic education
  • Stress management
  • Smoking cessation
  • REACH MUSC / telemedicine information
  • Stroke research opportunities

Download an event flyer here. This health fair is open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Tony Skatell, MUSC heart patient
Tony Skatell, MUSC heart patient

In 2012 MUSC patient Tony Skatell experienced sudden cardiac death at age 59. A family history of heart disease had led to three blocked vessels in Tony’s heart, which caused his heart to go into a deadly rhythm. Thankfully, he received CPR at the scene and was flown to MUSC for treatment. The experts at MUSC’s Heart & Vascular team quickly diagnosed his heart disease and cardiac surgeon John Kratz, M.D. performed lifesaving surgery on him.

Now Tony is back to living a very active life, with a new sense of gratitude for each day.

 

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