Mavericks’ Jason Terry Joins Methodist Dallas in Stroke Care Awareness Campaign
Fast action is something Dallas Mavericks #31 Jason “Jet” Terry knows well. Because of that and his dedication to community service, he’s joined Methodist Dallas Medical Center as a high profile spokesperson in a public awareness campaign to emphasize that fast action can save lives in a stroke emergency.
The “Stay in the Game – Think FAST” campaign will include educational posters, as well as print, radio, television, and outdoor ads. Just as a fast break on the court can enable Jet to avoid an opponent and assist his team to score winning baskets, fast action in a health crisis can neutralize a health risk challenge from stroke. And, like Jet, everyone deserves All-Star care, especially when a stroke emergency threatens life and health. In such cases, F.A.S.T. is an easy-to-remember key to quickly assess the situation and take action when you or someone around you may be showing signs of a stroke:
Face – Does one side of the face droop?
Arms – Is one arm weak or numb?
Speech – Is the speech slurred?
Time – Time is critical. Call 911 or get to a hospital immediately.
Methodist’s involvement in the public awareness campaign is particularly appropriate since Methodist Dallas Medical Center recently earned distinction by being named a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center. This designation means that the hospital is optimally prepared to provide the highest level of quality care to stroke patients. In terms familiar to Jet and other sports lovers, that translates into preparedness that can be a game changer to give stroke patients a winning edge over this challenge to their health and wellness.
Even after basketball season is gone or September’s stroke awareness campaign is past, remember to think F.A.S.T. – any time you suspect you or someone you know may be facing the challenge of a stroke situation. For more information on stroke symptoms and treatment options, visit www.methodisthealthsystem.org/fast.