Spot a Stroke Awareness Giveaway

Posted on Nov 5 2015 - 12:40am by Susan Bewley

We are shar­ing this post as part of a Blog­gin’ Mamas Social Good Cam­paign, and were not com­pen­sated for doing so. SPOT A Stroke Awareness Giveaway Ends 11-18. US 18+. Blog­gin’ Mamas is spon­sor­ing this give­away in sup­port of the Ad Coun­cil and the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association cam­paign acknowledging the recent World Stroke Day on October 29th. We are helping to raise awareness about Stroke knowledge, prevention, and what to do in an emergency.

SPOT A Stroke

Did you know that stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading preventable case of disability in the US? Each year, about 800,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke. Furthermore, someone in the world has a stroke every 2 seconds.

  • 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 3 Americans cannot name at least one sign of stroke.
  • When you recognize a stroke and immediately call 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for treatment options like a clot-busting drug or clot-busting device.
  • Someone in the world has a stroke every 2 seconds.
  • In the U.S. stroke is the No. 5 cause of death overall, killing nearly 130,000 people a year.
  • Stroke is the No. 1 preventable cause of long-term disability.

How to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. (the warning signs):

F – Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.A – Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?S – Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like: “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?T– Time to call 9-1-1 – If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Here’s Paul George’s Story

More Resources & Info

  • Click HERE to watch more videos
  • Check out the F.A.S.T. Song – The ASA has created a simple song to help people remember the stroke warning signs. They have the F.A.S.T. song in several musical styles on Youtube. If you’re really brave, sing it, or record a lip sync version, then share it using the #singFAST hashtag.
  • Download the mobile app – There’s an app for that and at least one person is glad she had it!

And Now for the Giveaway!

One Win­ner will Win a $100 Ama­zon Giftcard! Give­away begins November 4th, 2015 at 5pm EST and ends November 18th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.Open to US res­i­dents age 18 and older.Win­ner will be selected by and be noti­fied by email.See Give­away Tools wid­get below for full terms & conditions.

Dis­clo­sure: Blog­gin’ Mamas is host­ing this give­away and coor­di­nat­ing prize ful­fill­ment. Ele­ment Asso­ciates, The Ad Coun­cil and the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association are in no way respon­si­ble for the give­away, and only pro­vided the above con­tent to be dis­trib­uted in the form of a PSA.


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

48 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. kath g November 5, 2015 at 4:59 am -

    Don’t know anyone who has had a stroke, but the symptoms are scary. I didn’t realize that any one of the symptoms could be a stroke, I thought you had to have a couple or all of them. Learn something new all the time. thanks.

  2. Mark November 5, 2015 at 7:32 am -

    Scary, my dad had one at 32 and one at 38.

  3. Dani H November 5, 2015 at 7:36 am -

    Fortunately, I have not known anyone who has had a stroke but I was familiar with some (though not all) of the symptoms.

    Thanks for the information and for a chance at the giveaway!

  4. Angel McMore November 5, 2015 at 8:01 am -

    I didn’t know about F.A.S.T really good information.

  5. Karen Giasson November 5, 2015 at 8:25 am -

    My father had a mild stroke. I’m so happy that he recovered completely.

  6. sue v November 5, 2015 at 8:31 am -

    face drooping and weakness in the arms are signs of a stroke

  7. Joey Simmonds November 5, 2015 at 8:32 am -

    It is so important to keep your blood pressure controlled. There are two kinds of strokes. There is the clot, which if you get to the ER fast enough we may be able to reverse the effects. There is the hemorrhage, unfortunately the effects can be permanent and severe. Uncontrolled hypertension is a silent killer.

  8. Dawn Ganey November 5, 2015 at 8:49 am -

    I had 1 at 23, fully recovered.

  9. Beth J November 5, 2015 at 9:32 am -

    Thanks for the info. I did not know the warning signs. Due to a recent death I am now living with my mother in a senior community. This is valuable information for me

  10. Stephanie Teeple November 5, 2015 at 10:11 am -

    My dad stopped talking and luckily I realized it could be a stroke because it saved his life.

  11. Rita Leonard November 5, 2015 at 10:20 am -

    I don’t know anyone who has had a stroke but I now know that slurring words is a sign of a stroke.

  12. Anne Burner November 5, 2015 at 11:04 am -

    No one I know has had a stroke, but the first sign of one is a face that droops on one side.

  13. Rosie November 5, 2015 at 11:41 am -

    It is good to know the sign that you may be having a stroke, also someone else, so I’m glad these signs address both situations – Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

  14. Candice November 5, 2015 at 11:53 am -

    I don’t think I know anyone who has had a stroke.

  15. Kirstie Gibbons November 5, 2015 at 11:54 am -

    I knew F.A.S.T. but didn’t know that a sudden headache could also be a sign!

  16. Lauryn R November 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm -

    Yes, my grandma had two strokes a couple of years ago. It is definitely a very scary thing and knowing the signs is very important.

  17. Mary Czerczyk November 5, 2015 at 12:14 pm -

    My Grandfather had a stroke and I also had an aunt who had a stroke. My aunt survived but my grandfather didn’t.

  18. sandra November 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm -

    one of our former neighbors had a minor stroke a while back. luckily she was fine afterwards.

  19. Rob B November 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm -

    Yes, my dad had a stroke and died from it. The telltale first signs were droopy face and eye, and an inability to speak.

  20. heather e.g. kaufman November 5, 2015 at 3:53 pm -

    Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? This is an important sign of a stroke.

  21. Jessica Fortner November 5, 2015 at 4:24 pm -

    Arm weakness is a sign of a stoke.

  22. melissa allen November 5, 2015 at 4:44 pm -

    No I do not know anyone, luckily. I know the signs,but hopefully I will never need to spot them

  23. Vicky Watkins November 5, 2015 at 6:03 pm -

    My husband had a stroke, his grandmother as well. Yes, I know the signs of a stroke

  24. denise smith November 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm -

    my husbands grandfather had a stroke and passed away 2 years ago i know that when a person stops speaking or if your side of your face starts to droop

  25. elizabeth miller November 5, 2015 at 7:24 pm -

    My father in law had a stroke 12/8/14. He spent several days in the hospital and then was sent to rehab. He was released from there 12/23/14 and was in no condition to be on his own, 2 hours away from family so we moved him in with us. He lost his short term memory along with part of his long term. In addition, he developed aphasia. He completely lost the abilty to read and could not remember any names of anything–even an apple. We took him in and have worked tirelessly with him over the last year –especially my 10 year old. He has finally regained quite a bit but the memory and getting fixed on repeating the same things is still there. In addition, he now sundowns at night. It has been life altering for him as well as us, however, our positive has been that we have all been able to truly see the compassion my 10 year old has had for someone in need.

  26. Kitty Kelleher November 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm -

    F.A.S.T. I have known several people that have had strokes.

  27. margaret peg m November 5, 2015 at 10:51 pm -

    hi, my mom just had a stroke on october 22nd of this year. she was lucky and was on the phone w/ my aunt, her sister, when she became very confused and couldn’t speak. my aunt called me and i got there and called 911. she is on aspirin therapy and is recovering at home now, but a very scary moment for us all.

  28. laura rubenstein November 6, 2015 at 5:06 pm -

    I have been with someone when they had a stroke and it will stay with me forever. It was horrible

  29. Shanna Beam November 6, 2015 at 6:33 pm -

    My grandfather died of a massive heart attack, but I’ve never personally known anyone who has had a stroke. The fact that a sudden headache can be a symptom is a little frightening, because I had no idea that was a warning sign.

  30. Kim Pinch November 7, 2015 at 8:18 am -

    My mother-in-law has had a stroke and unfortunately hasn’t recovered from it yet.

  31. Stacey Roberson November 7, 2015 at 8:32 am -

    My mother had a stroke about 3 years ago. The warning signs include Face Drooping, Arm Weakness and Speech Difficulty.

  32. megan tilley November 7, 2015 at 8:41 am -

    My grandfather had a stroke and was never the same after wards. He had to go into a nursing home. It was the saddest thing.

  33. Sherry Compton November 7, 2015 at 11:06 am -

    The drooping is normally on one side of the face and numbness in one side of the body. That is something to definitely watch for and get the person to the ER.

  34. Anne Stull November 7, 2015 at 3:47 pm -

    My grandfather had several Stokes, and I just had a friend pass away after suffering from one. Know the signs and get help FAST!!!

  35. judy sizemore November 7, 2015 at 4:02 pm -

    my mom had a stroke a week before she had a heart attack

  36. RANDY FULGHAM November 7, 2015 at 8:30 pm -

    my sister-in-law had a stroke and know slurd speech

  37. Greg Blair November 7, 2015 at 8:43 pm -

    I suffered what my doctors called a mini stroke years ago. I went to bed with a headache and when I woke up, I had lost all control of my left eye and it had strayed severely to the outside.

  38. RANDY FULGHAM November 7, 2015 at 8:52 pm -

    my sister-in-law had a stroke and know slurd speech and a druppie chin

  39. Jill Dupre November 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm -

    My dad suffered from a stroke at a young age. He is only in his 40’s and that is so scary. I am happy to know the warning signs in case anyone else in my family, or myself suffer from a stroke. Thank you for this information.

  40. Patti Griner November 8, 2015 at 3:42 pm -

    My sister had a series of mini strokes, and my niece has had several strokes My niece is currently in physical therapy trying to get back some of what she has lost, but it is a long term struggle, and she will probably never be whole again! She is only 42, and was a RN, so it is even worse. She will never be able to work again due to faulty memory and physical problems.

  41. Krystal Waters November 10, 2015 at 1:09 am -

    I know someone that had one and they just said it felt like a elephant sitting on her chest making it hard to breathe and she also had pain in her jaw.

  42. Jeanne Coulombe November 12, 2015 at 9:23 am -

    Thankfully I have not known anyone that has had a stroke and would like to keep it that way. Keep my family healthy and happy!

  43. angela smith November 12, 2015 at 10:10 am -

    i dont know anyone thats had a sfroke.i knew some symptoms but its good to know them all now

  44. Rhonda Tenderholt November 12, 2015 at 4:35 pm -

    I don’t think I know anyone who’s had a stroke. I know some of the signs of a heart attack but didn’t know them for stroke. Thank you for this information.

  45. Jen S. November 13, 2015 at 9:01 am -

    One of my coworkers had a stroke and it was such a scary experience. His recovery was very tough and slow but he’s back to 100% and I truly cherish the time I get to spend with him.

  46. Christine November 14, 2015 at 2:02 pm -

    I don’t know personally anyone that’s had a stroke. I know slurring of words is a sign of a stroke!

  47. wendy browne November 17, 2015 at 9:54 am -

    My grandfather died of heart complications almost 20 years ago. I remember his face drooped on one side after his stroke.

  48. linda w. November 17, 2015 at 5:43 pm -

    I don’t know any one personally who had a stroke but i work as a nurse and EMT so i’ve had many patients who have suffered a stroke.