Stroke-Time Lost is Brain Lost
Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated 700,000 to 750,000 new or recurrent strokes occur each year in the United States.
In 2004 New York State had 6,855 deaths due to stroke.
Learning the signs of stroke and calling 911 for help are the best ways to prevent disability and death from stroke.
Time Lost is Brain Lost
All of the major symptoms of stroke appear suddenly, and without warning and they are often not painful but still need to be taken seriously. If you think someone is experiencing any of these symptoms, or you are experiencing them call 9-1-1 immediately.
The most common symptoms of stroke can be remembered by the acronym FAST:
- F = Face: Is one side of the face drooping down?
- A = Arm: Can the person raise both arms, or is one arm weak?
- S = Speech: Is speech slurred or confusing?
- T = Time: Time is critical!! Call 9-1-1 immediately!
Other, less common symptoms of the most common type of stroke are:
- sudden trouble seeing,
- sudden dizziness, and
- generalized weakness.
If you or someone you are with have any one of these symptoms, it's important to act FAST and call 911, as soon as possible!