May is Stroke Awareness Month. Do you know your stroke facts?
Stroke can be fatal. It’s the No. 4 cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.
Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age.
Stroke is more common in women.
African Americans have almost twice the risk of stroke compared to whites.
The most important thing to know is that most strokes can be prevented and, when strokes occur, swift, appropriate response can save lives. Act FAST when the signs of stroke appear:
F = Face
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = Arms
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = Speech
Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his/her speech slurred or strange?
T = Time
If you notice any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
Spectrum Health treats more stroke patients than any other provider in the Michigan. In honor of Stroke Awareness Month, Spectrum Health is holding free stroke education and screening events this month in several of its facilities. Participants will be able to find out if they are at risk for stroke and what they can do to prevent stroke. Preregistration is not required.
Stroke education and screenings will be available at United and Kelsey Hospital on the following date and locations:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. United Hospital, Conference Room B, 615 S. Bower Street
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kelsey Hospital, Family Consultation Room, 418 Washington Avenue.
Spectrum Health also has a stroke risk assessment posted online at www.spectrumhealth.org/strokerisk. The assessment will help people learn about their personal risk factors and what they can do to prevent stroke.
Spectrum Health Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals are certified primary stroke centers and provide prompt stroke patient care, including advanced treatment options as well as other defined standards of The Joint Commission, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.