Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Give Me 5 Stroke Check

To increase awareness amongst Americans of the symptoms of stroke, the American Academy of Neurology, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association have introduced The Give Me 5 for Stroke Collaborative.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States.

The Give Me 5 quick stroke check:

WALK (Is their balance off?)
TALK (Is their speech slurred?)
REACH (Is one side weak or numb?)
SEE (Is their vision all or partly lost?)
FEEL (Is their headache severe?)

You can read about the 5 signs of stroke in more detail at The Give Me 5 for Stroke Collaborative website. If you see even just one of these symptoms, even if it goes away, it could signal a stroke. Do not delay. If you suspect that you or someone you know is suffering a stroke, call 9-1-1 and get to the emergency department for immediate medical attention.

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