National Stroke Awareness Month takes place in May every year. A stroke is an emergency brain attack, cutting vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
Recognizing symptoms and acting FAST to get medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities.
Use FAST to remember the warning signs of Stroke:
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately. The sooner you call 911, the better the chance of recovery.
Robinson Memorial Hospital's Health Education Center offers a stroke support group for those who have suffered a stroke and their loved ones. The stroke support group meets monthly, providing a guest speaker and light refreshments.
The next support group meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday with guest speaker Dr. Roswell Dorsett, to be held in the Robinson Medical Arts Building, Room 25.
Call the Health Education Center at 330-297-2576 for reservations or more information.