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 DroopingAsk the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
A = ARM WeaknessIs one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = SPEECH DifficultyIs 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 911If 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

 

Stroke Facts

  • 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

  1. Manage blood pressure
  2. Eat Healthier
  3. Get Physically active
  4. Lose excessive weight
  5. Lower Cholesterol
  6. Reduce Blood Sugar
  7. Do Not Smoke