May Health Tip

Mt. Zion Monthly Health Tips
*Mind, Body, Spirit* = Wellness
May 2023
March is National Stroke Awareness Month
A TIA or pre-stroke is a temporary episode of symptoms similar to those of a stroke. It happens due to a temporary disruption in blood supply to the brain. Although a TIA itself does not lead to permanent and irreparable damage to the brain, it is a warning sign of a possible major stroke in the near future.  Symptoms of a TIA are weakness, numbness or paralysis in the face, arm or leg typically on one side of the body, blurred vision, loss of balance or coordination, and slurred speech. Because a pre-stroke resolves on its own without any permanent damage, many people ignore it. This is a huge mistake, and anyone with symptoms should seek medical attention immediately. A pre-stroke is called a pre-stroke because it often precedes a major stroke. Think of it as an early warning sign.
The aim of National Stroke Awareness Month is to make Americans aware of the symptoms of stroke, and that they may be able to save the life of a person experiencing a stroke. The emphasis is on making the public aware about Acting FAST. FAST is an acronym to help you remember what to look for in a suspected stroke victim:
  • F - Face / Does the face droop on one side when the person smiles?
  • A - Arm / After raising both arms, does one of the arms drift downwards?
  • S - Speech /After repeating a simple phrase, does the person's speech sound slurred or strange?
  • T - Time / If any or all the above are observed call for 9-1-1 and ask for medical assistance. According to the National Stroke Association, a person experiencing a stroke can survive if someone who knows the symptoms acts FAST
 Anyone can help someone who is having a stroke. You do not have to be a health care provider to save a life, and even a child can help. No matter where you are - at home, at the store, at church, or at school, be aware if someone has the above symptoms and act FAST to help!
Praying for *Mind, Body and Spiritual* Wellness to you,
The Mt. Zion Health and Wellness Ministry