World Stroke Day is Thursday, 10/29.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading preventable case of disability in the U.S.
A few months ago, one of my friends had a stroke and because of her daughter's quick thinking, she was able to get medical help quickly. Although she has a bit of vision loss, it could have been much worse. It's important to know the signs of a stroke!
Facts about Strokes:
- Someone in the world has a stroke every 2 seconds.
- In the U.S., stroke is the No. 5 cause of death overall, killing nearly 130,000 people a year.
- Stroke is the No. 1 preventable cause of long-term disability.
- About 800,000 people have a stroke every year.
- 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
- 1 in 3 Americans cannot name at least one sign of stroke.
- When you recognize a stroke and immediately call 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for treatment options like a clot-busting drug or clot-busting device.
F - Face Drooping - Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
A - Arm Weakness - Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S - Speech Difficulty - Is speech slurred? Are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like: “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T- Time to call 9-1-1 - If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
Download the mobile app! www.StrokeAssociation.org/warningsigns
Join the @American Stroke Twitter Chat!
It will be hosted by @iHeartRadio on 10/29 at 12pm CT. The hashtag is #StrokeChat. Hear other people’s F.A.S.T. Songs, share your own, and join us for a great discussion about stroke. You could even win a prize!