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Stroke awareness: 8 facts you should know and when should we call 911

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

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A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time and anywhere. Today stroke is the leading cause of disability worldwide and the second leading cause of death, but almost all strokes could be prevented if detected and treated on time.

Signs of stroke. F-A-C-E
Signs of stroke. F-A-C-E

8 important facts to know about stroke:

  • Stroke can happen to anyone at any age.

  • 80% of all strokes are preventable.

  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of severe disability.

  • On average, one person dies from a stroke every 4 minutes.

  • More than 795,000 people have a stroke each year in the U.S.

  • Stroke kills almost 130,000 of the 800,000 Americans who die of cardiovascular disease each year—that’s 1 out of every 19 deaths from all causes.

7 tips for prevention of stroke:

  • Manage blood pressure

  • Control cholesterol

  • Reduce blood sugar

  • Get active

  • Eat better

  • Lose weight

  • Stop smoking

When should you call 911:

Rapid access to medical treatment oftentimes make the difference between full recovery and permanent disability. Know the signs of a stroke and act F.A.S.T. (face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, Time to call 911 if someone is having a stroke.

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