Stroke Awareness Month


May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to learn more about living a heart healthy lifestyle to help prevent stroke and heart disease. It’s also helpful to know the warning signs of a stroke in order to help yourself or someone you love in an emergency.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently recorded a message to showcase the signs of someone having a stroke. You can see the video HERE.  Hutchinson reminds us to BE FAST when it appears that someone is having a stroke and look for the following signs:

  • Balance difficulties
  • Eyesight changes
  • Face weakness
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulties
  • Time—Call 911 when you see the above signs!

May is also the month when the American Heart Association observes its annual Go Red For Women campaign, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Go Red For Women promotes a focus on living healthier lives and creates awareness about heart disease in women. According to the American Heart Association, a woman dies from cardiovascular disease or stroke about every 80 seconds. A majority of these diseases are preventable.

The 2019 Go Red For Women luncheon in Northwest Arkansas is coming up this Tuesday in Rogers. The event raises awareness and funds to support research and education in living a heart healthy lifestyle. For more information about the symptoms of heart attack and stroke, click HERE.