World Stroke Day: Think F.A.S.T TO Save A Life

World Stroke Day: Think F.A.S.T TO Save A Life

Are you aware of the warning signs of a stroke? Most people aren’t and that’s unfortunate because statistics show that 1 in 6 people will likely have a stroke at some point in their lives. Some might even die as a result. World Stroke Day

World Stroke Day

For those who have suffered a stroke already, the aftermath can be life-altering. But it might surprise you to learn that for the most part, a stroke is treatable. You simply have to learn how to recognize the signs. You’re basically racing against the clock, so the faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover.

World Stroke Day is on October 29th, so in honor of this enlightening day, the American Stroke Association created F.A.S.T., a parody music video to teach everyone how to recognize the signs of a stroke and the importance of a quick response in order to avoid debilitating damage that can hinder recovery. World Stroke Day

You can watch the F.A.S.T. Music Parody Video and rock out to the Village People’s Y.M.C.A. song. After you’ve moved your hips and learned something in the process, make sure to share this link on all your social media accounts. You might just end up saving a life! World Stroke Day

The name of the parody music video is an acronym for the main symptoms that can trigger an alert to an impending stroke and what to do about it. The F stands for face drooping, one of the first signs of a stroke. The A stands for arm weakness, while the S stands for speech difficulty. Finally, the T stands for it’s time to get off that couch and call 911.  But you can also experience other symptoms like dizziness, headache, confusion, blurred vision and even a sensation of numbness in certain areas of your body, not just your arms and legs. The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover.World Stroke Day

Don’t assume that a stroke won’t happen to you because you’re young. While it’s true that three-quarters of strokes occur among those who are over 65 in the U.S. alone, 795,000 of those strokes occur every year, regardless of your age. In fact, one-fourth of those cases hit people occur in people who are under 65.

Worldwide, 15 million people will have a stroke according to the World Health Organization. But only 5 million will likely make a full recovery, while 5 million suffer permanent disability, and the other 5 million will die from this condition. Strokes are a global threat to our longevity. World Stroke Day

A Canadian dies every 7 minutes from a stroke, while in Europe, 650,000 stroke-related deaths occur annually. This makes raising awareness and sharing the F.A.S.T. Parody Video an even higher priority.

You’re never too old to reduce your chances of developing a stroke either. In most cases, the reason why people suffer a stroke in the first place is that they have high blood pressure, have diabetes, don’t get enough exercise, or smoke too much. World Stroke Day

When you think about it, you have the power to change your fate by being active, eating healthier, and getting checkups more regularly can reduce your chances of becoming a statistic.

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  1. October 9, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    I’m so glad you are sharing this! My grandfather had multiple strokes. And we think his mother did too. Life can be devastating when when you are caught off guard by them and don’t take precautions against them happening again.

  2. October 9, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    It’s always great to remind people about F.A.S.T. The parody is a fun way to help people remember the symptoms. I pinned this too to help spread awareness. 🙂
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  3. October 10, 2017 / 1:15 am

    This really hit home for me. My Mom had a stroke when she was only 44 and unfortunately the people around her weren’t to FAST. She had a really long road to recovery and now 30 years later she still struggles to walk but for the rest she’s doing good. Thanks for raising awareness

  4. October 10, 2017 / 5:48 am

    I had no idea about this day … great way to spread awareness.

  5. October 10, 2017 / 6:43 am

    Unfortunately not many people can identify the first signs of a stroke. I had to go through this with my grandmother and it was awful when not even the doctor could identify it…. and their reply was “she is old” … it was heartbreaking because my grandmother died a couple of days later….
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  6. October 10, 2017 / 7:56 am

    Stroke is a very scary thing. I’ve had friends and family membrrs who’ve had them and heart attacks. Hopefully people beomce more aware.

  7. October 10, 2017 / 8:09 am

    This is so important for all of us to know about it as we tend to ignore those small symptoms thinking we are so healthy and this cant happen but have seen people with mild stroke suffering a lot.

  8. October 10, 2017 / 8:36 am

    My colleague actually had a stroke when he was just 30, so you are absolutely right – it can happen to anyone, not necessarily old people. And it’s good to know what to do then.

  9. October 10, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Well done on raising awareness on something so important, I think like you’ve mentioned a lot of people I know assume a stroke isn’t possible because of their age so they carry on doing things they know wont possibly benefit them. The F.A.S.T song was great, I hope its catchy-ness with stop and make people listen, everyone should be aware of the symptoms and signs.
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  10. October 10, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Sadly, I’ve had all grandparents suffer some level of stroke. Needless to say, I learned the warning signs quickly to help them in the future.

  11. October 10, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    I saw the map and in my country Colombia the death for stroke its the minimum of the zone but i know now how prevent this the information it the most powerful arm for all

  12. Shubhada Bhide
    October 10, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    I’m really thankful that you are remembering this important reminder! Everyone really needs to be aware of this stroke. Great article!

  13. October 10, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    This post could save lives. A few things i didn’t know about and hope other people will be aware of too. Thanks for writing this.

  14. October 11, 2017 / 3:24 am

    Thank you for raising this awareness! A lot of us don’t know about it…very informative!

  15. October 11, 2017 / 8:11 am

    this is such a great post! as a healthcare provider – i couldn’t agree more with educating the masses, especially on the warning signs and what to do!

  16. Candy Rachelle
    October 11, 2017 / 9:49 am

    My reason for wanting to prevent a stroke is to be able to see my kids grow up and succeeding in life. And because I just wouldn’t want to have one. so scary.

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  17. Elizabeth O
    October 11, 2017 / 10:09 am

    Great video. This is such a great reminder for all of us to know the right step to prevent stroke, or someone has a stroke. we need to be aware in stroke. It’s important.

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