By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
May 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Each year more than 135,000 Americans die from stroke—or one person every four minutes—died from stroke, making it the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. May is Stroke Awareness Month reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a blockage stops the flow of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. Although many people think of stroke as a condition that affects only older adults, strokes can and do occur in people of all ages. In fact, nearly a quarter of all strokes occur in people younger than age 65.
If you think someone may be experiencing a stroke act FAST by observing these warning signs. The acronym stands for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately and call 911.
You can learn more about FAST by visiting: http://everydayemstips.com/
Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna