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Be aware of the signs of a stroke

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A stroke kills almost 130,000 Americans each year — that’s one out of every 20 deaths being attributable to stroke. On average, one person in America dies from a stroke every four minutes. What’s more daunting is that every year 795,000 people in the U.S. will suffer the devastating effects of a stroke. For more than 600,000 of them, it will be their first stroke. Stroke is now the leading cause of serious long-term disability.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when an artery to the brain is either blocked or bursts. As a result, part of the brain does not get the blood it needs, so it starts to die. A transient ischemic attack (TIA) occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked for a short time. When this happens, the brain temporarily malfunctions.

The key to surviving a stroke is to act FAST and knowing the warning signs explained in this acronym:
F — FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A — ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S — SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T — TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

During a stroke, time is brain!

Click here for this informative booklet explaining strokes.

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