COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disabilities, so Piedmont Columbus Regional is observing Stroke Awareness Month by raising awareness.
PCR’s Director of Nueroscience Services Lines, Kelli Brennan, says that a stroke occurs any time there is an interruption of blood supply to the brain.
You can tell someone is having a stroke by using the acronym FAST, which stands for:
- Facial Droop
- Arm Weakness
- Slurred Speech
A stroke comes about all of a sudden on one side of the body and witnesses need to call 911 immediately upon seeing the signs and symptoms.
To help raise awareness, they are hosting a Walk through the Brain on Saturday, May 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
A large inflatable brain will take up a portion of Bay Ave. in Uptown Columbus for you to walk through and learn information on the signs and symptoms of a stroke.