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Morgan Fairchild has joined with the American Academy of Neurology, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American Stroke Association to raise awareness of strokes as part of the Give Me 5 campaign.

The campaign is pushing five warning signs for people to recognize strokes and act quickly: Walk (is the patient’s balance off?), Talk (is their speech slurred?), Reach (is one side of their body numb?), See (is their vision affected?), Feel (does the patient have a severe headache?).

“Saving someone’s life – or even your own – may be as simple as remembering ‘Give Me 5,’” said Fairchild. “Do not ignore symptoms, and do not delay getting to the emergency department. With stroke, every minute counts. I witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of stroke on my mother. Stroke is a killer, but for too many people it doesn’t need to be. If you know the warning signs and get medical help right away, you have an excellent chance of making a good recovery. Women especially need to know the warning signs, because they account for over 60 percent of the deaths from stroke. We are also the health information keepers for our families and must spread the word to our siblings, spouses, parents and friends about how to recognize a stroke.”

More information about the campaign can be found at the Give Me 5 For Stroke website.

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