Stroke Prevention: Tips from Kimberly

This month, Kimberly Bailey, our Life Plan Community Nurse, prepared a popular presentation on stroke prevention. She shared crucial tips on recognizing stroke symptoms and acting quickly in an emergency. Here’s a key takeaway from her talk that was inspired by guidance from the American Heart Association:

F.A.S.T. Warning Signs

Use the letters in F.A.S.T. to spot a stroke:

  • F = Face Drooping: Look for drooping or numbness on one side of the face. Ask the person to smile and check if it’s uneven.
  • A = Arm Weakness: Notice if one arm is weak or numb. Ask the person to raise both arms to see if one drifts downward.
  • S = Speech Difficulty: Listen for slurred speech or difficulty speaking.
  • T = Time to Call 911: Stroke is an emergency—every minute counts. Call 911 immediately and note the time the symptoms appeared.

Learn more about stroke symptoms here.

To watch Kimberly’s full presentation, you can now view it on YouTube.

If you’re a resident at Givens Estates or Givens Highland Farms and would like Kimberly to deliver this presentation to a smaller group, feel free to contact her directly at [email protected]

Stay informed and stay safe!