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Recognize the Signs of a Stroke

Apr 12, 2018

In the United States, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death with one person dying every four minutes, and stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Recognizing the signs of a stroke and acting quickly can help save your life, or the life of someone else.

What is a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when there is sudden bleeding in the brain or a blockage of blood and oxygen flow to the brain. Without a flow of oxygen to the brain, brain cells begin to die, which can create long-term disabling effects.

Signs of a Stroke

Use the acronym F.A.S.T. to spot the signs of a stroke quickly. In the event of a stroke, it’s important to get to the nearest certified stroke center or emergency room as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of fatality or long-term disability. Time lost equals brain lost.

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