Today is World Stroke Day. If you don’t know the warning signs and symptoms, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, headquartered here in Dallas, has an easy acronym for you to remember: FAST.
F: Face drooping
A: Arm weakness
S: Speech difficulty
T: Time to call 911
As the daughter of a young stroke survivor, my mom had a stroke when she was in her 30s, I’m always interested in spreading awareness about strokes. You can join me in pledging to end strokes here.
According to the Stroke Association, strokes are the leading cause of long-term disabilities in the U.S. and is the fourth leading cause of death. Worldwide more people die from strokes than from causes attributed to AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. If you’d like to learn more about strokes, click here.