Did you know that stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States? Strokes can lead to serious disability, death, or high healthcare costs for patients due to the need for rehabilitation or home assistance. The risk of stroke increases with age, with older adults being at higher risk. However, anyone can experience a stroke.
It is estimated that about 795,000 people have a stroke each year. Some factors that put you at higher risk for stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and diabetes. It is important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke so you know when to seek medical attention right away.
Signs & Symptoms of Stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Call 9-1-1 right away if you or someone else has any of these symptoms.
Act F.A.S.T. – check these 4 things if you think someone is having a stroke:
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. The faster you seek medical attention, the faster they can start treating a stroke, decreasing risk of permanent issues or death
There are many ways you can get involved with stroke prevention. You can make a pledge to reduce your own risk, make a donation, join the Comback Trail 5K, and many others! For more information visit: http://www.stroke.org/stroke-resources/raise-awareness-stroke/national-stroke-awareness-month
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