May Is Stroke Awareness Month

May 9, 2011 Updated May 9, 2011 at 9:44 PM EDT

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May 9, 2011 Updated May 9, 2011 at 9:44 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) May is Stroke Awareness Month. It's a chance to learn how to prevent or even spot a stroke before it can be fatal.

Strokes mostly effect the elderly because the risk increases as we age, but they can happen to anyone- even children.

And doctors say a good way to remember the symptoms is to think of the word "fast".

They say the "f" stands for face. A drooping face is a stroke symptom.
"A" for arm. Stroke victims often experience weakness or a loss of sensation in the arm or leg.

"S" for speech. A person who is having a stroke, often times has trouble speaking, and "t" stands for time. You should seek medical attention as quickly as possible.

Doctors say strokes are preventable by keeping your blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes under control.

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