Thursday is World Stroke Day 2015. Health advocates in the U.S. are sharing the “F.A.S.T. Song” to save lives and prevent disabilities caused by the brain attack.
Although one in six adults will have a stroke in their lifetime, one third cannot identify any stroke symptoms, according to the American Heart Association/American Stoke Association, a major sponsor of World Stroke Day.
The “F.A.S.T Song” is being shared among all age groups to promote awareness of the stroke warning signs and the need for quick action when symptoms appear. Lyrics from the song provided by the American Heart Association include:
If someone has a stroke near you, the F.A.S.T. song tells you what to do.
The letter “F,” it stands for face, if one half droops, no time to waste.
The letter “A” means an arm that’s weak, the letter “S” means it’s hard to speak.
The letter “T” means it’s time for 9-1-1, call right away so help will come.
Learn the song to show you care, and help end stoke each time you share.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, strokes are the seventh leading cause of preventable death in the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promotes fast treatment because some only work if given within three hours after symptoms appear.
For the complete lyrics and pop, hip hop, R&B and Latin versions of the “F.A.S.T Song” and more information, visit www.StrokeAssociation.org/WorldStrokeDay.
The Cobb County Public Library System offers a range of print and digital resources on health and wellness. For more information, visit any of the 16 Cobb County library locations and www.cobbcat.org.