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A stroke, or “brain attack” occurs when the flow of fresh, oxygen-filled blood from the heart and lungs to the brain is interrupted by a blockage or rupture. This starves the brain of its energy source and causes nerve cells to die, resulting in a loss of function in the areas controlled by the affected part of the brain. Strokes can impact every aspect of health – physical, psychological, social and emotional.
Each May, the National Stroke Association strives to raise public awareness of stroke in hopes of increasing understanding of the impact it has in the lives of many and reducing its incidence. According to the National Stroke Association:
Face – Does the person have difficulty smiling? Does one side of the face droop?
Arms – Is there weakness when attempting to lift the arms? Does one arm drift downward?
Speech – Does the person have slurred speech? Can he/she repeat a simple sentence?
Time – Call 9-1-1 immediately if any of these symptoms are present.
Join Sheltering Arms and the National Stroke Association in this month’s awareness efforts! To find out more about our available Stroke Rehabilitation services, click here.