F.A.S.T.

In the course of our conversation at a meeting, I was stunned to learn that my table mate had suffered a stroke. She was all of 34. She looked “normal” – she was bright, conversive, and appeared to be in reasonably good physical condition. Imagine my shock. You see, I know about strokes. Old people have them. In fact, my Dad died from one. Way back in my memory, I knew younger people could have one but somehow I had chosen to ignore that fact. This conversation brought it back, front and center. No matter what your age, you should know the warning signs of a stroke. This woman did and that’s what saved her from a lifetime of disability, or worse – death. How about you? Do you know the warning signs? Take a minute to get in touch with your blood pressure. Know your numbers and understand what they mean. Record your numbers on a tracking sheet that you can give your doctor. If your blood pressure tends to be high, buy a home blood pressure monitor. If you are uncertain how to use it, check out the online instructional video. You’ll be a pro in no time. Remember how to spot the signs… F: Face Drooping A: Arm Weakness S: Speech Difficulty T: Time to Call 911