Chicago Heart Walk

Chicago Heart Walk

It was a perfect Friday for everyone to leave work in the middle of the day.  More than 6-thousand people came out to Grant Park for Chicago’s annual Heart Walk.

I helped the American Heart Association by letting walkers know about the F.A.S.T. program. Do you what it is?  F.A.S.T. is the way to spot symptoms and warning signs of a possible stroke. 

F=Face drooping. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile even?

A=Arm weakness. Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S=Speech difficulty. Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Asked the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

T=Time to call 9-1-1. If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.

There is even a F.A.S.T. app you can load on to your phone.  It offers information about strokes.  Plus, it and can even direct you to the nearest hospital that can efficiently treat you or someone who may be experiencing a stroke.   

Be the change!

Amy Gregorio 
Your Mrs. International


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