Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and is the leading cause of disability in adults. Approximately 780,000 strokes will occur this year; however 500,000 of those strokes can be prevented. The goal of the annual campaign is to raise public awareness about the continuum of stroke by managing risk factors to reduce stroke risk, better understanding stroke symptom recognition and response and improving the quality of life during stroke recovery for the 6 million stroke survivors in the United States.
If you see stroke’s warning signs act FAST and call 911
F = Face Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = Arm Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = Speech Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
T = Time If you observe any of these signs, call 911. Time lost is brain lost.
Stroke Symptoms include:
SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.
Stroke prevention is important for everyone. Through recognition and management of risk factors, lifestyle changes and compliance with recurrent stroke prevention treatments, up to 80% of strokes can be prevented. Manageable risk factors include:
• Blood pressure
• Cholesterol management
• TIA (transient ischemic attack)
• Alcohol consumption
• Atrial fibrillation
Sources: American Stroke Association, National Stroke Association