Wholesome Residing: Be FAST Indicators of Stroke

Stroke is a leading cause of preventable death, but a lack of awareness, education, and resources are the main barriers to stopping it.

Every 40 seconds someone in the US has a stroke. Every four minutes someone dies of you. Former national news broadcaster Mark McEwen went from an all-time high to a low after suffering a massive stroke.

“When I woke up in the hospital and the doctor said, ‘You had a stroke.’ I was like, ‘Uhh … what’s that’, “McEwen said.

Know the warning signs of stroke so you can be quick. First, watch out for a sudden loss of balance. Eyes, sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes, or double vision? Face, ask the person to smile, and see if one side of their face falls off. Arm, ask the person to raise both arms and see if one arm moves slowly down. Speak, asking the person to repeat a simple sentence and see if their words are slurred or the sentence is repeated incorrectly. Time if a person is showing any of these symptoms, call 911.

“I always say when you are young you have armor around you that gets thinner and thinner as you get older,” McEwen explained. “Your job is to help this armor protect you.”

80 percent of the strokes that occur are preventable. Eating healthy, exercising, and controlling risk factors are important lifestyle changes that can help prevent the risk of stroke.

Every fourth stroke survivor ends up with someone else.

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