Our Health: Act F.A.S.T. PSA
As we grow older and older our health becomes more of a concern and tends to stay on our minds more so than it did when we were invincible… or at least that is what we’d like to think we were. But, knowing what to do in certain situations by educating ourselves is probably the best case scenario when something happens and is one of the reasons why we produced this PSA video for F.A.S.T. (definition below) so others can see it and hopefully save a potential stroke victim.
Fortunately, this past July was one of those times where knowing certain steps helped prevent a bad situation from becoming worse. One of my close friends and business partners, who is apart of the African American male statistic of high blood pressure, let his BP get the best of him and lead him to the ill fate of a Stroke. He experienced all the symptoms from arm numbness to slurred speech but knowing about F.A.S.T. and getting to an emergency care facility quickly helped to prevent the affects of his stroke from becoming permanent. Although this was no easy situation to go through, the doctors said he is well on his way to a long but full recovery just 4 months later because he acted F.A.S.T. Plus, as apart of his dedication to helping others, James volunteered himself as an example and is featured in the video only a month and a half after his stroke.
Lets make sure we educate ourselves and spread the word so that we can hopefully save others.
STROKE HAPPENS. To you. To those you love.
Know the signs. Act F.A.S.T!
FAST stands for face, arms, speech and time, and is being used as part of a campaign by the Stroke Awareness Foundation to educate the public about warning signs of stroke and seek proper medical services immediately. If you think a person is having a stroke, call 9-1-1, especially if the person has trouble with these basic commands.
Face: Does one side of the face droop? Ask the person to smile.
Arms: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Is speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is the sentence repeated correctly?
Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, CALL 9-1-1 Immediately!
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