May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Did you know?

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

On average in 2016, someone died of stroke every 3 minutes 42 seconds.

On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.

Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S.

Nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55.

High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an independent risk factor for stroke, increasing risk about five-fold.
Use the letters in “F.A.S.T.” to spot stroke signs and know when to call 911

F – Face: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven or lopsided?

A – Arm: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S - Speech: Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.

T – Time – 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

Additional Symptoms of Stroke - If someone shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services immediately.

Sudden NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body

Sudden CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech

Sudden TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes

Sudden TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

Sudden SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause