Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability, impacting millions each year, with a quarter experiencing another stroke within five years. Despite the prevalence of stroke, 80% are preventable with a combination of medication and healthy habits.
Knowing the signs, symptoms and treatment options are key to getting the care needed quickly and potentially preventing another stroke in the future.
Signs & Symptoms
During a stroke, every second counts as 1.9 million brain cells are lost every minute. Receiving treatment quickly can reduce the brain damage caused by stroke. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help you BE-FASTER!
Balance: Sudden loss of balance
Eyes: Sudden blurry or loss of vision
Face: Sudden numbness, one side drooping – can you smile?
Arms: Sudden weakness in arms - can you raise both arms?
Speech: Slurred or mumbling speech
High blood pressure, heart disease, atrial fibrillation (AFib), diabetes and smoking are all risk factors for stroke.