National Stroke Awareness Month
Christine Greff, Stroke and Cardiac Systems Coordinator, talks about the signs and symptoms of a stroke.
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This is KNOWTIFY. Take a minute for your health.
Hi, my name is Christine Greff, and I’m the Stroke and Cardiac Systems Coordinator here at the Department of Health. May is National Stroke Awareness Month to raise awareness of stroke signs and symptoms. We’ll do that using the BEFAST acronym.
B stands for balance or sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination. E is for eyes or sudden double vision or trouble seeing out of one or both eyes. F is for face sudden drooping or numbness on one side of the face. A is for arm sudden numbness or weakness of the arm, especially on one side of the body. S is for speech, sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding. And T is for time. Not only do we want you to document the time the person was last known well. It’s also time to activate your local emergency response. Immediately call 911. Also remember that sudden severe headache with no known cause is also a sign of stroke.