Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

SCHA and DHEC have teamed up to bring awareness of stroke symptoms to South Carolinians

Do you know what the signs of stroke are? Would you be able to “spot” somebody experiencing one?

Unfortunately, studies have shown that one out of every three Americans cannot identify even one of the signs of stroke. Too many people who suffer a stroke don’t know it and can go hours—even days—before seeking medical attention, even though immediate treatment can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

In South Carolina, stroke is our state’s third biggest killer. That’s why SCHA and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) are teaming up for the “Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.” campaign this May for Stroke Awareness Month.

F.A.S.T. is a simple way to remember the warning signs of a stroke and the importance of acting fast. “F” stands for face drooping, “A” for arm weakness, “S” for speech difficulty and “T” for time (to call 9-1-1).

The campaign’s website, www.facearmspeechtime.com, has information for the community about how to identify a stroke, relevant South Carolina stroke statistics, and first-hand stories from stroke survivors around the state. We’re asking all healthcare providers and community stakeholders in South Carolina to share this information with your local communities via your social media accounts and press outlets.

For more information go to www.facearmspeechtime.com or contact Beth Morgan at bmorgan@scha.org.

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