Hillary Chybinski: Get F.A.S.T. for American Stroke Month

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Get F.A.S.T. for American Stroke Month

Did you know that stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading preventable cause of disability in the US? I didn't know until it happened to our family. Each year, about 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke - that's about one stroke every 40 seconds. Ours happened on a seemingly "normal" day in August of 2011.

We are so lucky that when John suffered his stroke, he was at a Doctor's appointment. The Doctor recognized the signs and called 9-1-1. Imagine my surprise when I answered a call on my cell phone from my husband's number, and it was a Doctor - telling me he had sent John to the ER with symptoms of a stroke. In my opinion, that doctor saved my husband's life and I am forever grateful.

Stop Stroke F.A.S.T.
When you recognize a stroke and immediately call 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for treatment options. Many people don't know the warning signs of a stroke - I was one of those people. In fact, in hindsight, we believe that John suffered a series of small TIAs prior to the one that brought him to the emergency room with a dissected carotid artery.

May is American Stroke Month so I'm working with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Ad Council to raise awareness about F.A.S.T. to recognize a stroke and know what do to in an emergency.

You can also download the F.A.S.T. app for your smartphone. Don't be caught unaware - it can mean the difference between life and death.

catch you soon -

Disclosure - I was not compensated in any way for this post. It's something I believe strongly in and if sharing our story can help someone, that's what my voice is for. All opinions are as always, my very own. 

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