Act F.A.S.T. this Holiday Season to Reduce the Impact of Stroke - Video Podcast

National Stroke Association and Community Health Charities have partnered together through the Health Matters at Work program to help spread the word about stroke symptoms.

During the holiday season it’s easy to get stressed over an accumulation of tasks like gift buying and wrapping, writing and mailing cards, baking, and a myriad of other deadlines. If the holidays are stressful for you, you’re not alone.  Dealing with stress and its side affects is very important for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The National Stroke Assocaition and Community Health Charities have partnered together through the Health Matters at Work program to help spread the word about stroke symptoms.  Click here to watch this video and learn to act F.A.S.T. - a simple way to remember how to recognize the symptoms of stroke and immediately call 911.

 

Anyone can have a stroke no matter your age, race or gender. But, the chances of having a stroke increase if a person has certain risk factors, or criteria that can cause a stroke. An easy way to remember how to recognize the symptoms of stroke is:

F = Face - Ask a 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 - Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
T = Time - If you observe any of these signs, it is time to cal 9-1-1

“Stroke is this nation’s third leading cause of death, yet the public is dangerously uninformed about their risk factors of stroke. Up to 80 percent of strokes could be prevented by understanding the risk factors, like high blood pressure or smoking, then working to address them with lifestyle or medical changes one at a time with the help of your doctor,” said James Baranski, CEO, National Stroke Association. Visit the National Stroke Association’s website to learn more about the risk factors for Stroke.

 

Established in 1984, the National Stroke Association is the only national organization in the United States that focuses 100% of its efforts on stroke. National Stroke Association achieves its mission to lower the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling community outreach programs, calling for continued improvement in the quality of stroke patient care, and educating both healthcare professionals and the general public about stroke. National Stroke Association reaches out to people who want to learn more about stroke, have survived a stroke, know someone who has suffered a stroke, or care for a stroke survivor.

A total of 40 Health Matters at Work™ video podcasts have been developed with the support of numerous Community Health Charities members, including Autism Speaks, American Diabetes Association, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and many other leading health charities in America. View and subscribe to the series at http://www.healthmattersatwork.org.

 

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National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.