May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

On May 11, 1989, former President Bush signed Presidential Proclamation 5975 and designated the month of May as National Stroke Awareness Month. The New Hampshire disability benefit lawyers at Keefe Disability Law are proud to join the National Stroke Association in their efforts to increase public awareness of stroke.

It is important to recognize the signs of stroke. The FDA has approved a medication that can reduce the chances of permanent disability when taken within three hours of the onset of a stroke. The medication cannot help after three hours.  If you recognize any of the following symptoms of stroke, call 911.

Symptoms of stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face or in an arm or leg
  • Sudden numbness or weakness one side of the body
  • Sudden general weakness
  • Unusual confusion
  • Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding
  • Sudden change in balance or coordination
  • Sudden difficulty walking
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Sudden nausea
  • Sudden vision changes in one or both eyes
  • Sudden severe headache 
  • Sudden chest pain or shortness of breath
  • Sudden racing of the heart (palpitations)
  • Sudden pain in the face or in an arm or leg (women)
  • Sudden hiccups (women)

Every moment counts for stroke patients. The mnemonic F.A.S.T. can help you determine if someone you love has had a stroke:

F (FACE): Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop when the person smiles?

A (ARMS): Ask the person to raise their arms. Does one arm drift or float down?

S (SPEECH): Ask the person to repeat an easy phrase like “It’s a beautiful day.” Does the speech seem slurred or strange?

T (TIME): There is no time to spare. If any of the answers are “yes”, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Unfortunately, many stroke victims cannot to get the immediate help they need and are left with permanent disabilities that leave them unable to take care of themselves. When this happens, Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) can offer a source of monthly income.

Nashua disability attorney John Keefe has written a book to help you understand the SSDI application process. Click on the link in the side bar to request your free copy of Unlocking the Mystery: The Essential Guide for Navigating the Social Security Disability Claims Process. If you have questions or would like to schedule a free consultation, please call Keefe Disability Law at 888-904-6847.

John L. Keefe
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