If you’re like most Americans, you don’t know the signs of stroke.
Only 8 % of those recently surveyed in the American Stroke Association/Ad Council Stroke Awareness Continuous Tracking Study could identify each letter in F.A.S.T., an acronym of the most common stroke warning signs.
As part of American Stroke Month in May, Saver and the American Stroke Association urge all Americans residents to download a free mobile app and learn how to detect a stroke.
Learning how to spot a stroke is just as important as teaching your family CPR or what to do in the event of a fire.
Additional stroke signs include:
sudden severe headache with no known cause; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; or sudden confusion or trouble understanding.
“Many people think of strokes as a disease of the elderly, but it can happen to anyone at any time, even very young people,” said Saver. “When someone recognizes a stroke and quickly calls 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for a clot-busting drug or a medical clot-removal device that may save their brain tissue and prevent long-term disability.”
Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and the nation’s No. 5 leading cause of death.
The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association.
For more information and to download the app, visit StrokeAssociation.org.