Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Do you know the warning signs of the #3 killer in Minnesota?

May is American Stroke Month.  This is a perfect opportunity to refresh yourself with the warning signs of a stroke and more importantly take a few minutes to learn what healthy steps you can take to reduce your chances of having a stroke!  In coordination with the Minnesota Department of Health, the American Stroke Association created a PSA that will run throughout the state educating Minnesotans on how to recognize a stroke and the importance of calling 9-1-1 immediately.  Watch the PSA here.  

Send a message to educate your legislators on the warning signs of stroke and share our PSA

We are also happy to report that Governor Dayton proclaimed May American Stroke Month in Minnesota, urging citizens to familiarize themselves with the risk factors associated with stroke, and to join in supporting the efforts, programs, services, and advocacy of organizations striving to enhance public awareness of stroke in Minnesotans of all ages.  

Send a message thanking Governor Dayton for declaring May American Stroke Month  

The Warning Signs of a Stroke can include:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
If you or someone you know experiences any of the above warning signs, call 9-1-1 immediately and seek medical help.  

For more information on the warning signs and risk factors for stroke visit our website here.   

Thank you for helping us to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.  

Your MN Advocacy Team,
Anne, Justin and Rachel

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