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Know the Warning Signs of Stroke
Call 9-1-1 immediately if Stroke symptoms are present:
- Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
REMEMBER: ACT F.A.S.T.
|F = FACE Drooping||Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?|
|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 their 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.”|
|T = TIME to call 911||If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, c call 911 to get them to the hospital immediately. Note the time of symptom onset|
- A stroke is a brain attack, cutting off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain
- In the United States, stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability
- Approximately 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke
- Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke
- On an average every four minutes, someone dies from a stroke
- Kills ~128,000 people a year
- Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, increasing the risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. Recognizing symptoms and acting FAST to get medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities
- The prevalence of Transient Ischemic Attacks, or TIA, (commonly known as “mini strokes”) increases with age
Routine evaluation by your Primary Care Physician and following Life’s Simple 7 is key to Stroke Prevention
- Manage blood pressure
- Eat Healthier
- Get Physically active
- Lose excessive weight
- Lower Cholesterol
- Reduce Blood Sugar
- Do Not Smoke