LRGHealthcare Urges Community to Be Aware Of Stroke Symptoms during May, National Stroke Awareness Month (218)

LACONIA — May is National Stroke Awareness Month. LRGHealthcare wants to make the community aware that by thinking F.A.S.T. you can help save lives and improve recovery. These simple letters can help people recognize the signs of stroke and get help right away.
F- Face- Look for an uneven smile
A- Arm- Check if one arm is weak
S- Speech- Listen for slurred speech
T- Time- Call 911 right away
"Time is crucial in the treatment of stroke, as on average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke and roughly every four minutes someone dies from a stroke," said Sally Minkow, Director of Education Services at LRGHealthcare. "The earlier a stroke is recognized and the patient receives medical attention, the greater chance of recovery."
Strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, destroying millions of valuable nerve cells within minutes.
Other stroke symptoms include:
• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States.