May is American Stroke Awareness Month
When it comes to a stroke, every minute counts!
Acting F.A.S.T. can help stroke patients get the treatments they need to survive and reduce damage to the brain. According to CDC, only a little more than 3 out of 5 people are aware of major stroke symptoms, and know to call 9-1-1 when someone is having a stroke.
Knowing Symptoms and Risk Factors
Can Help You Survive
Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death, and can happen to anyone. 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. Control your risk factors to improve your brain health.
What is acting F.A.S.T.?
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 the speech slurred or strange?
T - Time
If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.
Strokes can happen to anyone at any age.
80% of all strokes are preventable.
Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S.
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.
How to Prevent a Stroke
You can help prevent having a stroke with a healthy lifestyle.