MacDonald’s Stroke Awareness Month resolution approved

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Thursday approved Sen. Michael D. MacDonald’s resolution to recognize May 2019 as Stroke Awareness Month in Michigan.

“Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in America and is the nation’s top cause of disability,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “Even though someone suffers a stroke in the U.S. every 40 seconds, many people cannot name any of the signs of a stroke or know if they are at risk of having a stroke. Stroke Awareness Month is about changing that and saving lives through information, awareness and outreach.”

Senate Resolution 18 highlights the F.A.S.T. warning signs and symptoms of a stroke, which include face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, and time to call 911.

Additional stroke warning signs and symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body; confusion; trouble speaking or difficulty understanding speech; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; trouble walking; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination; and severe headache with no known cause.

“In addition to increasing awareness of the risk factors, warning signs and symptoms of stroke, we need to raise public understanding of the steps people can take to reduce their chances for a stroke,” MacDonald said.

The American Heart Association urges people to lower their risk of heart disease and stroke by focusing on “Life’s Simple 7” key health factors and behaviors: manage blood pressure, control cholesterol, reduce blood sugar, get active, eat better, lose weight, and stop smoking.

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Photo caption: Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, speaks on the Senate floor about Senate Resolution 18 to recognize May 2019 as Stroke Awareness Month in Michigan as part of an effort to raise awareness of the risk factors, warning signs and symptoms of stroke and the steps people can take to reduce their chances of having a stroke.