BANGOR – May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and COVID-19 hasn’t changed that.
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is reminding people that they must act quickly if they are experiencing stroke-like symptoms, despite the pandemic.
Stroke Program Nurse Coordinator Angela Wheelden said they have put measures in place to minimize the effects of COVID-19, but stroke care has not changed.
“Patients are not getting to the hospital quickly. They don’t anyway, and now with COVID, they’re staying home even longer,” Wheelden said. “We really want patients to come to the hospital quickly so that we can help them.”
Wheelden said it is important to follow the acronym, FAST, if you are experiencing:
F- face drooping
A- arm weakness and
S- speech difficulty, it is
T- time to call 911.
She said exercising, eating healthy and being aware of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol are all important factors in avoiding strokes.