World Stroke Day! Learn the Signs & Why F.A.S.T. is Important!

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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. World Stroke Day is TODAY, so we’re I’m working with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Ad Council to raise awareness about Stroke knowledge, prevention, and what to do in an emergency.
Here’s why this work matters.

    • 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.

Facts about Strokes:

    • 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.
    • About 800,000 people have a stroke every year.

Spot A Stroke

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.

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