Ask Mr. Pedometer and Friends…..about Stroke Symptoms
Q: Mr. Pedometer, in an earlier edition, you had some catchy way to tell if a companion might be having a stroke. Could you please repeat that advice to remember Stroke Symptoms?
A: Glad to, especially because this is Heart Health Month. The American Heart Association tells us to “think fast” if someone is exhibiting stroke symptoms. That’s actually F.A.S.T. Here’s what to quickly look for if a friend is in distress and may be having a stroke:
F = Face: Is one side drooping?
A = Arms: If the person holds them out in front, does one begin to drift downward?
S = Speech: Can the person repeat a simple sentence without slurring?
T = Tongue: Can s/he stick their tongue straight out?
If ANY of these stroke symptoms are observed, it is imperative that you call 9-1-1 for emergency help, because time is critical for the person’s chances of survival and full recovery from a possible stroke.
And remember, if you yourself are feeling suddenly unwell, don’t hesitate to ask for help from those around you. It may seem awkward, but it could be essential. As we “Walk ‘n’ Talk” together, let us also look out for one another.