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.

By Margaret Schmidt