In an effort to bring greater awareness to identifying someone having a stroke, the American Heart Association has partnered with the American Stroke Association to proclaim May as Stroke Awareness Month. Individuals of any age can have a stroke and responding quickly is critical. It is estimated that every 40 seconds someone has a stroke. It is important to know the warning signs which include:
· Numbness in arm, leg or face
· Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
· Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
· Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
· Severe headache with no known cause.
Remember to call 911 immediately if warning signs are present. To learn more about strokes and prevention, please visit the American Stroke Association at www.storkeassociation.org.