Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and health officials at Bryan LGH Medical Center want people to recognize the signs and symptoms of the number one cause of disability.

A stroke is a blockage of blood flow to the brain or bleeding in the brain because of a broken blood vessel. Often times, people don't recognize the symptoms of a stroke and don't get treated, but time is critical.

If you think someone is having a stroke, think fast. The word can be broken down into an acronym. F for face, if it becomes numb or droopy. A for arm if it's weak. S for speech if it becomes confusing. And T for time to call 9-1-1.

Because strokes are so frequent and often times it's hard to notice the signs, Officials at Bryan LGH have created a refrigerator-magnet to help. If you would like to order a free magnet, you can call 481-8674.