Be Stroke Ready
In the case of stroke, every second counts…so act FAST!
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately! Therapies are time-sensitive.
Be stroke ready! Time is brain.
If you or someone you’re with has a stroke, call 911 immediately. Know the signs and symptoms so you can be a first responder. The typical stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons every minute the stroke goes untreated. Groundbreaking new treatments can save you or your loved one from death or serious disability, but they must be given right away to be effective. Paramedics can get you to the hospital quickly, so don’t drive yourself!
What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the brain starts to die. The part of the body controlled by the damaged area of the brain can't work properly. Brain damage can begin within minutes. That's why it's so important to know the symptoms of stroke and to act fast. Quick treatment can help limit damage to the brain and increase the chance of a full recovery.
- Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the U.S.
- Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Stroke kills twice as many women each year as breast cancer.
- Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke.
- Up to 80% of strokes could be prevented by controlling risk factors.
Stroke Risk Factors
- Previous TIA (mini-stroke)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Atrial fibrillation
- Carotid artery disease
- Family history of stroke
- Heavy alcohol use
- Physical inactivity or obesity
Decrease Your Stroke Risk
- Manage your blood pressure.
- Treat atrial fibrillation.
- Stop smoking.
- Limit alcohol use.
- Manage cholesterol.
- Control diabetes.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat a healthy diet.