Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds on average. Since 1983, South Carolina has consistently had one of the highest stroke mortality rates in the US.
Horry County, along with other eastern counties in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia comprise what is known as the ‘stroke buckle,’ where rates of stroke are accelerated.
McLeod Loris Seacoast Stroke and Trauma Coordinator, Kelvin Oakley, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, NRP, recently shared with Rotarians the B.E. F.A.S.T. method of recognizing a stroke:
If You Think Someone May Be Having a Stroke, B.E. F.A.S.T:
B – BALANCE: Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
E – EYES: Are there sudden vision changes?
F – FACE: Does one side of the face droop when the person smiles?
A – ARM or Leg Weakness: Does one arm/leg drift downward when raised?
S – SPEECH: Is their speech slurred or strange?
T – TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
“Spotting a stroke is the first step toward stopping it. Every second counts,”
Photo: President, Don Hovis Thanks Kelvin Oakley for an Informative Presentation