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Published: 04/24/2012

Time Is Brain:  
May Is National Stroke Awareness Month 

St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CT ProgramMay is National Stroke Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raise awareness about the nation’s fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability

Time is Brain
One of the most important goals of St. Vincent’s Stroke Program is to increase public recognition of stroke symptoms and the importance of getting immediate emergency medical assistance.  When stroke patients receive the clot-busting medication (t-PA) within three hours of their symptom onset, they have a considerably reduced risk of experiencing permanent brain damage and long-term disability.

Stroke awareness monthIn recent years, campaigns have stressed the importance of responding to stroke using the “F.A.S.T.” method:
• F = FACE - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
• A = ARM - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
• S = SPEECH - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
• T = TIME - If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1.

Also call 911 immediately if notice any of these sudden symptoms:
• Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
• Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
• Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
• Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
• Severe headache with no known cause. 

Learn more about St. Vincent's stroke services and programs

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