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Would You Recognize the Signs of Stroke?

Would You Recognize the Signs of Stroke?

Be Prepared to Act F.A.S.T 

MACON, GA (May 27, 2014) – The Georgia Neuro Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital (CGRH), services of Central Georgia Health System, recognize the importance of educating central Georgians about stroke. According to the Centers of Disease Control, stroke is a leading cause of death and the leading cause of long term disability in America. The country's highest death rates due to stroke are in the Southeast.

The Georgia Neuro Center and CGRH seek to help the community better understand stroke risk factor management, recognition of and response to stroke symptoms, and recovery from stroke.

Both entities remind the community to act F.A.S.T. in the event of a stroke:

  • Facial weakness - Can the person smile? Is the mouth or eye drooping?
  • Arm or leg weakness - Can the person raise both arms?
  • Speech difficulty - Can the person speak clearly and understand what is being said?
  • Time to act - Call 911 immediately if the person demonstrates any of the signs listed above.

The Georgia Neuro Center at MCCG is an American Heart Association (AHA) “Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award” winner and a member of AHA's Target Stroke Honor Roll. The awards recognize MCCG's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

“While our community can trust us to deliver the care they need if a stroke is suffered, we would much rather prevent stroke than treat it. We hope to impact our community by minimizing stroke risk throughout Stroke Awareness Month,” said Shantel King-Whitby, M.D., rehabilitation physician at CGRH.

May is nationally recognized as Stroke Awareness Month.

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