May is American Stroke Month | Speaking of Healthcare

Anyone can have a stroke. Everyone should be ready. Learn the F.A.S.T. warning signs!

Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven or lopsided?

Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

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 person able to correctly repeat the words?

If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and say, "I think this is a stroke" to help get the person to the hospital immediately. Time is important! Don't delay, and also note the time when the first symptoms appeared. Emergency responders will want to know.

High blood pressure can damage blood vessels in the brain, increasing the chances of strokes from clots or ruptures. Sharing the infographic below can give your loved ones and community a clear understanding why controlling blood pressure is so important. Together, we can end stroke!