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Recognize a Stroke using F.A.S.T - Use CPR to the tune of Staying Alive

Anything that can help you recognize what's happening to a loved one and get them proper help is why I wrote this article. Learning to recognize a stroke fast is how you survive a stroke with the least amount of damage. F.A.S.T. stands for: FAST is an acronym to help detect and enhance responsiveness to stroke victim needs. The acronym stands for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time. There is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke, if given within three hours of the first symptom.

Lois Trader
Lois Trader

The song Staying Alive as you can see in this video is the same beat you would use to apply pressure while performing CPR. This song has stuck with me, and I'm sure will stick with you after you watch video. By the way, the newest form of CPR is hands only.

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have released new guidelines specifically geared toward women to prevent stroke. Women and men have similar risk factors, but women have separate issues that relate to hormonal factors and lifestyle choices.

Each year, there are 800,000 strokes and more than half of these occur in women. It is the third leading cause of death for women in the United States, with 3.8 million women living after suffering one.


Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African American and white women in the United States. Among Hispanic women, heart disease and cancer cause roughly the same number of deaths each year. For American Indian or Alaska Native and Asian or Pacific Islander women, heart disease is second only to cancer.

Almost two-thirds (64%) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.

Reread those statistics. 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. I DISAGREE!

Do you fit into any of these categories?

  • all the women I speak to, 90% of whom do not know or have not accepted that heart disease is our number-one killer.
  • the women who believe that ignorance is bliss.
  • the women who haven’t heard the news that it does matter if your father, uncle, or grandmother had heart disease.
  • the women who believe that women—especially young women—are not supposed to have heart disease.
  • the women who have given up listening to their bodies because every time they go to the doctor it’s dismissed as neurosis.
  • the women who simply don’t want to be bothered, who are determined not to travel down the road I want to take them.

Women heart disease and stroke are preventable. But, the gig is up to you! You can be screened for both. Make an appointment today to get your preventative screening. Don't wait until it's too late, schedule a screening online today.

Disclaimer: I have heart disease. It took me by surprise. I mean smacked me down in the middle of my so-called life. I was 47 years old, looking good, expecting my first grandchild and fitting into all my cool clothes. Wham, bam, the life I knew would never be the same. I did not have a preventative screening. I never took my own health really seriously. I did not think about what my life might be like at 58, 68 or 88 for that matter. I do now.

Lois Trader's book "SURVIVING" is available in paperback and on Kindle. How convenient is that? More information: This book puts a face to women’s heart disease: mine. I am your neighbor, your sister, your co-worker, the woman next to you panting on the treadmill—and yes, that’s me you see Saturday morning at the grocery store. I am not a doctor, and this book isn’t a medical guide, nor is it another book filled only with facts, figures, and data. It’s an honest story by someone who has lived through the trials of life and matters of the heart. Women relate to women, especially a woman who shares what’s happening deep within her chest. Once you see my heart, your own heart will become clearer, You will find the power to stand eye-to-eye with your doctor and represent yourself truly.

I mean to empower and encourage you to take better care of yourself, to be your own advocate and trust your God-given intuition.

Trust yourself. Love yourself. This is the heart of my message to you.

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