Healthy Traveler: May is Stroke Awareness Month

In Alaska Travelgram, Consumer by scott

EXTRA: See below for two free clinics on DVT, Hypertension.**

May is Stroke Awareness Month and as the state’s first Joint Commission-certified stroke center, Alaska Regional Hospital believes it is very important for everyone to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke in themselves and their loved ones.

If something doesn’t seem right and you suspect it may be stroke, use this simple “F A S T” test:
F is for Face–ask the person to smile. If one side of their face appears crooked or drooping this person may be having a stroke
A is for Arms–ask them to lift both arms in the air–if there is difficulty with one arm, this too may be a sign of a stroke
S is for Speech–ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. If their words are slurred or they are unable to speak, this may be a sign
T is for Time – if any of the previous symptoms are present, call 911 immediately.
Stroke is a medical emergency, so get help quickly.  Call Alaska Regional‘s heart and stroke line at 264-2332 to learn more about signs and symptoms.
**COMING UP! These events are free, but you have to RSVP, because space is limited.
Tue., May 11 6:30pm: Preventing & Managing Hypertension. Dr. Jeremy Gitomer talks about preventing, managing high blood pressure (hypertension).  If left untreated, high blood pressure can cause stroke, multiple heart conditions, kidney disease, and more.
Thu., May 13 6:30pm: Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)  Dr. Michael Mullowney talks about the risk factors and complications associated with DVT, aka “Coach Class Syndrome”. Find out if you are at risk for DVT., a condition in which a blood clot forms in a vein that is deep inside the body (mainly in lower leg or thigh). If a clot breaks off, it can block blood flow to the brain, lungs, heart…BAD!
Seating is limited for both events . RSVP, (907) 264-1113 or email [email protected]

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