In-Depth: Dr. Matt Kolleck Talks Stroke Awareness Month

May is recognized as Stroke Awareness Month, which is the fourth leading cause of death among Americans.
May is recognized as Stroke Awareness Month, which is the fourth leading cause of death among Americans.

Eyewitness News Shalah Sasse sits down with Deaconess Hospitalist Dr. Matt Kolleck to discuss the facts about strokes.

Dr. Kolleck says to remember the symptoms of a stroke, think of the word F.A.S.T., as in you want to act fast.

FACE Does one side of the face droop? Ask the person to smile. Is it even?
ARMS Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down?
SPEECH Is speech slurred? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is it correct?
TIME is critical. If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately. Note the time of symptoms, and get to a primary stroke center.

Deaconess Hospital is also inviting people to "Strike Out Stroke" at the Evansville Otters on Sunday, June 15. Free tickets are available at Deaconess Hospital or Deaconess Gateway beginning June 5.

For more information about stroke, go to www.deaconess.com/stroke.

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