People who have experienced a stroke whether they’ve had one or know someone who has understand the importance of knowledge. They know that immediate recognition and treatment is the only way you can stay alive. This is why Morgan Fairchild, whose mother had a series of debilitating strokes before her death, has joined with the American Stroke Association, the American Academy of Neurology and the American College of Emergency Physicians to promote the latest stroke awareness campaign: Give Me 5 for Stroke.
Give Me 5 for Stroke is a campaign aimed at increasing awareness of stroke symptoms, something that could help save thousands of lives each year. It incorporates, in an easy to remember slogan, the five initial signs of stroke: walk (is balance off), talk (is speech slurred or face droopy), reach (is one side weak or numb), see (is vision all or partly lost) and feel (is the headache severe). If any of these signs are present, 9-1-1 should be called immediately and the operator informed that the caller may be having a stroke. This will ensure that medical service is gotten as quickly as possible and that a disease known to be the nation’s third leading killer becomes less powerful.
You may think that stroke won’t affect you, but it might or it might affect someone that you know and love. Knowing the first signs of stroke and being able to take quick, appropriate action could save a life. So take five to learn the five. It will be worth it.