Survivors, doctors help identify symptoms during Stroke Awareness Month

Recognize signs by using the acronym F.A.S.T.

SAN ANTONIO – May is Stroke Awareness Month. It’s why stroke survivors and doctors are spreading awareness about recognizing the symptoms of strokes and sharing ways that may prevent them. 

Patty Reagan, a Three Rivers resident, said she had weakness of the arms the day before having her stroke in October. Weakness of arms is a stroke symptom, something she didn’t realize at the time. The next day she had a stroke and it was her first responders who acted quickly and rushed her on a Halo flight to University Hospital. University Hospital is a known facility in South Texas for being able to perform procedures for a variety of strokes. 

The next day, Reagan was able to talk normally and has made a full recovery. You can recognize those symptoms by using the acronym F.A.S.T.:

F----Drooping of the face

A---- Weakness of arms

S----Slurring of speech

T---- Time, need to act quickly

Doctors with University Hospital say 80 percent of strokes may be preventable by eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle, keeping blood sugar and blood pressure low and quitting smoking.

For more information on recognizing strokes and preventing them click here.

About the Author:

Sarah Acosta is a weekend Good Morning San Antonio anchor and a general assignments reporter at KSAT12. She joined the news team in April 2018 as a morning reporter for GMSA and is a native South Texan.