Founded in 2006, World Stroke Day is a day set aside to raise awareness of the number four cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. It is imperative to understand the symptoms to recognize when you or a loved one may be experiencing a stroke. Recognizing the signs of a stroke can hasten the time it takes for a person to reach medical care, and receiving medical treatment as quickly as possible can minimize long-term effects or prevent death. To help people remember stroke symptoms, The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association created the F.A.S.T. acronym:

Face drooping
Arm weakness
Slurred speech
Time to call 911

World Stroke Day is also a day to reflect on the resolve of stroke survivors and the ways therapy can give life back to patients. Watch the story of Patrick, a restaurant manager and “foodie” whose stroke left him unable to eat or communicate. Patrick received intensive rehab at Kindred Hospital Las Vegas – Flamingo and worked closely with his speech pathologist to recover to the point of being able to speak and feed himself.

To learn more about stroke and World Stroke Day, visit the Stroke Association’s website.