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Know Stroke

STROKE IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. EVERY MINUTE COUNTS WHEN SOMEONE IS HAVING A STROKE. It is important for everyone to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke and how to ACT FAST!

What is Stroke?

  • 'Stroke' is a condition resulting from the blockage (ischemic stroke) or bursting (hemorrhagic stroke) of nutrient/oxygen carrying blood vessels to the brain.
  • As the brain tissue continues to be deprived of oxygen, neurons (brain cells) begin to die.
  • 1.9 Million neurons die every minute the brain is deprived of blood flow.
  • As neurons die patients experience loss of function/malfunction of that region of the brain. Remember FAST to ACT FAST.

Remember FAST to ACT FAST

face Face is Asymmetric
arm Arm is Weak
speech Speech is Slurred
time Time to call 911


Symptoms of Stroke

Symptoms of stroke may also include:

  • Asymmetry of the face
  • Weakness or Numbness of one side of body
  • Unsteady gait
  • Trouble speaking
  • Trouble understanding speech
  • Headache
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Problems with vision

If you or anyone around you, experiences any of the above symptoms, you must call 911 immediately.

To Learn More About Stroke

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