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Stroke Awareness Month: Understanding the Signs and Prevention

May is Stroke Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the risk factors, symptoms, and prevention of stroke. Let’s learn what this month means and how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones.

What is Stroke Awareness Month?

Stroke Awareness Month is observed annually in the United States during the month of May. Its primary goal is to promote public awareness and educate on the prevention of stroke. By educating people about stroke, we empower them to recognize the warning signs promptly and seek immediate medical attention.

What is a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is disrupted due to a clot or bleeding. Brain cells are deprived of oxygen and nutrients, leading to damage or death.

Common Warning Signs (Remember F.A.S.T.):

Face Drooping: Is one side of the face drooping or numb? Ask the person to smile.

Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or number? Ask the person to raise both arms.

Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.

Time to Call 911: If you notice any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately!

Reducing Your Risk: Preventing a Second Stroke

If you’ve had a stroke, you’re at higher risk for another one.

Identify the cause of your stroke and address personal risk factors.

Learn about lifestyle changes, medications, and therapies that can help prevent a second stroke.

Get Involved!

Use the #StrokeMonth hashtag on social media to spread awareness.

Create fundraisers or donate to stroke research initiatives.

Educate your family, friends, and community about stroke prevention.

Remember, knowledge is power, and together, we can defeat stroke by acting F.A.S.T. Let’s make this Stroke Awareness Month a time of action and empowerment!


Our Caregivers can assist your loved ones who may have experienced a stroke. If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services, please contact the caring staff at Home Care Plus today. Call us at (843) 628-3642.

We provide quality Home Care for seniors and families in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties.

Home Care Plus Staff

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