October 29 is World Stroke Day and this year’s theme, “Because I care…” encourages families to include one other in stroke prevention. Stroke one of the top five leading causes of death among Americans and the second worldwide.
To help raise awareness of the warning signs of stroke, a campaign promoting the acronym F.A.S.T. was developed by the American Stroke Association. With a short window of time to treat clots which may cause permanent damage, getting help quickly is essential.
F.A.S.T. (signs of stroke)
- Face drooping
- Arm weakness
- Speech difficulty
- Time to call 911
Hip Hop Artist Dee-1 collaborated with the World Stroke Day campaign to put the message about stoke prevention to music. It is hoped that the words will sick in people’s minds and help stoke victims get the help they need quickly.
To view the video visit: http://inr.synapticdigital.com/AHA/WorldStrokeDay . For lyrics and different musical versions of the F.A.S.T. song, check out the American Heart Association website at: http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/General/World-Stroke-Day-2012_UCM_444999_SubHomePage.jsp .
Talk to your health care professional about risk factors of stroke including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease and find out what steps you can take to lower your risk. To learn more about stoke prevention, treatment and recovery visit the American Heart Association homepage at: http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/.