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Beth Langefels of the American Heart Association and stroke survivor Don Lodge spoke on Monday with 2 NEWS of how to recognize a stroke and stroke risk factors
The acronym "FAST" is still the most commonly used reminder for strokes: "F" for face, "A" for arms, "S" for speech, and "T" for time to call 91
"Basically, we say that it usually happens on one side of the body. It could be deafness, your language could be mutilated, when that happens and when it suddenly comes, it's usually time to get medical help, "says Langefels.
Don Lodge not only had a stroke nine months ago, but also also had a heart attack in August 2017.
"Over the course of two minutes, I noticed that my face went numb, my left arm went limp and the same with my leg. I went to get up and could not get up, "he says.
Lodge knew that the heart attack had put him at higher risk for another cardiac event, so he immediately recognized the red flags and his wife took him to the hospital, in which he recovered, followed by several months of physiotherapy
"My stroke was on the right side of my brain and hit the left side of my body. Basically, through a slew of physiotherapy and occupational therapy, I've learned to do it all again, "he said, adding consistency and repetition to the keys.