Learn To Recognize A Stroke Fast

Every 4 minutes, someone dies from a stroke, yet only 38% of people know how to recognize one — learn to act and save a life

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How to recognize a stroke

A stroke shares the same symptoms for both women and men. Most of these symptoms are unilateral, meaning they mainly affect one side of the body. The symptoms include:

  • Slurred speech, a drooping face
  • Impaired vision in one or both eyes
  • Severe headache without any reason or cause
  • Confusion and problems understanding speech, impaired thinking
Recognize the signs of stroke FAST — Witness
Recognize Signs of Stroke FAST
  • A — Arms: Can the person lift both arms up? Is one arm numb?
  • S — Speech: Does the person slur and speak differently than usual?
  • T — Time: Call the emergency hotline ASAP and let them know of the stroke in progress

Transient Ischemic Attacks

Sometimes, a victim seems to recover by themself within minutes of the stroke. This “mini-stroke” is known as a Transient Ischemic Attack.

What are strokes exactly?

A stroke is an event that happens when arteries or veins in the brain get blocked. The blood cells can’t reach the brain to deliver oxygen, similar to what would happen if someone choked you. The brain then suffers from Cerebral Hypoxia, and several brain functions cease working correctly.

Who is at risk of suffering a stroke?

Generally, a stroke can happen to anyone, but studies show that people above the age of 65 have a substantially higher risk of suffering a stroke.

Stroke statistics from the CDC

Here are some quick facts about stroke published by the CDC.

  • The risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high for blacks as for whites,2 and blacks have the highest rate of death due to stroke.
  • In 2009, 34% of people hospitalized for stroke were less than 65 years old.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over.

Act FAST, save a life

Most of us know what a stroke is, yet only a few really recognize the symptoms in time and can prevent further harm.

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