National Stroke Awareness Month
When it comes to stroke, every second counts! Nearly 2 million brain cells die each minute a stroke remains untreated.
Rapid access to medical treatment often times make the difference between full recovery and permanent disability.
- Stroke can happen to anyone at any age.
- 80% of all strokes are preventable.
- Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of severe disability.
- On average, one person dies from stroke every 4 minutes.
- More than 795,000 people have a stroke each year in the U.S.
- Stroke kills almost 130,000 of the 800,000 Americans who die of cardiovascular disease each year—that’s 1 out of every 19 deaths from all causes.
A stroke is caused by blocked blood flow to the brain and can affect a person’s speech, movement, memory, and more. It’s important to know the signs of a stroke and get help quickly. Some of the warning signs include:
- Weakness in the face, arm, or leg
- Difficulty speaking
- Vision loss
- Brief loss of consciousness
Know the signs of a stroke and act F.A.S.T. (face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, Time to call 911 if someone is having a stroke.
If you think you or a loved one is having a stroke, call 911 immediately and note the time when the first symptoms appeared.
Prevent stroke by following the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Life’s Simple 7 tips:
- Manage blood pressure
- Control cholesterol
- Reduce blood sugar
- Get active
- Eat better
- Lose weight
- Stop smoking
Talk to your doctor about ways you can take small steps now to improve your health.
The following are resources regarding stroke signs and symptoms.