National Stroke Awareness Month takes place annually in May. Many organizations observe this month to promote public awareness and reduce the incidence of stroke in the U.S. There are various ways you can participate in this call to action including: learning the stroke risk factors, stressing the importance of keeping your brain healthy, signs and symptoms to watch out for, and what to do in an emergency.

Do you know the signs and symptoms of stroke? F.A.S.T. is an easy acronym to help you remember them—and perhaps save a life.
  • Sudden NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes
  • Sudden TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause

Every minute counts when you or someone you know is having a stroke. Act F.A.S.T. and call 9-1-1 right away if you spot signs of stroke.