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Spring 2013 - Be an All Star!

WakeMed Children's All Stars are awesome! They know lots of important stuff about how to be healthy. They even learn how to help when others are in need of emergency medical help. Becoming a WakeMed Children's All Star doesn't mean you have to have a super jump shot or batting average. You just need to read and understand the information shared in this column of each issue of Families First.

Here's a great All Star lesson for the whole family to review and talk about. You could save someone's life!

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a brain attack. A stroke can happen when the brain can't get enough blood to keep it working.

How do you know if someone is having a stroke?

If you know how to tell if a person is having a stroke and what to do, you can help save a person's life.
Think FAST!

F = Face Ask the person to smile. Is the smile even? Does one side of the face droop?

A = Arm Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm float down?

S = Speech Ask the person to say a simple sentence like "The dog has brown spots." Can you understand the person? Does the person's speech sound slurred or different than usual?

T = Time! If a person has ANY of these symptoms, you need to act FAST!

How can you help if you think a person is having a stroke?

  • Call 911 right away and ask for an ambulance.
  • Tell them what is happening.
  • If you don’t have a phone, ask anyone with a phone to call 911.
  • Let everyone know it’s an emergency.




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