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What To Do If You Are Having A Stroke

I hope you and your family are doing well during this challenging time we’re going through. As a type 2 diabetic, you need to be extra careful and not do anything that might increase your chances of contracting the virus. That means following the CDC guidelines for people at higher risk for contracting the virus.

In my last post, I told you about how you can avoid getting a stroke and how to know if you are having one. If you think you or someone near you are having a stroke, you need to act FAST This is an acronym for this test recommended by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?

T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.

Note the time when any symptoms first appear. This information helps health care providers determine the best treatment for each person. Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.

A stroke can kill you or leave you disabled for life if you don’t act quickly. By acting FAST, you can recover from a stroke and go back to living a normal life. Please take care of yourself. And as always remember, if you need to reach out to someone about your health concerns, you can contact me.