May is National Stroke Month: Do you know the signs of a stroke?

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke, and stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in Colorado.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, so take a moment to ask yourself – Do you know what the signs of stroke are, or how to determine if you’re at risk? If not, here are a few things that you should know.

Strokes can be preventable. If you take an active role in your health and understand what your risks are, there are things you can do to reduce your risk. The National Stroke Association™ provides the following table to help you calculate your risk for stroke.

If you score 3 or more in RED, the National Stroke Association™ recommends contacting your doctor about stroke prevention right away. If you score 4-6 in YELLOW, you’re at moderate risk, but if you keep working at it, you can continue to decrease your risk of stroke. If you score 6-8 in GREEN, you’re doing a great job at controlling your risk for stroke!

It’s also essential to know the signs of a stroke, so you can aid someone else or understand your own symptoms if you’re suffering from a stroke. So remember FAST:

F – FACE: Does one side of the face droop?

A – ARMS: Can the person raise both arms?

S – SPEECH: Is the person’s speech slurred or strange?

T – TIME: Call 9-1-1 immediately if you observe any of these signs, as every second counts.

So how can you get involved and help bring awareness to the signs of stroke?

Celebrate National Stroke Awareness Month with the National Stroke Association™ and the Colorado Rockies™ with Strike Out for Stroke day on Sunday, May 15 at 1:10 p.m. Purchase your discounted tickets at www.coloradorockies.com/strikeoutstroke with special offer code: STROKE.

Join Rose Medical Center at the Heart Association’s Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, June 4 at the Denver Center for Performing Arts Complex. Learn more at www.denverheartwealk.com.

Learn your risk factors, recognize the symptoms, and support stroke awareness in the community this month!

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