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Stroke Awareness: Did you know?

Stroke Awareness: Did you know?

Did you know — 10 controllable risk factors account for 90% of all strokes?

Change just ONE today

Small changes in these 10 modifiable risk factors can have a big impact on your stroke risk:

  • Hypertension
  • Physical inactivity
  • Lipids (blood fats)
  • Poor diet
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Heart causes
  • Alcohol intake
  • Stress
  • Diabetes

Get the facts here and make a pledge today to change at least one modifiable risk factor.

Take the first step, here:


Did you know — Up to 80% of strokes are preventable?

Know your risk factors

May is Stroke Awareness Month — understanding your risk factors NOW can help you prevent a stroke LATER. Learn more about the specific behaviors you can change in your daily routine, called “lifestyle risk factors,” and other changes you can make to limit your stroke risk:


Did you know— you can act F.A.S.T. to limit the impact of a stroke?

STROKE: Know the Signs — Act F.A.S.T.

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S. — someone dies from a stroke every 4 minutes. Stroke is also the #1 cause of serious long-term disability, and each year nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke. It’s important that people in our community know the signs and symptoms of stroke — so they can Act F.A.S.T. to limit its impact.

F.A.S.T. stands for:

  • FACE drooping
  • ARM weakness
  • SPEECH difficulty
  • TIME to call 911

It’s easy to remember, and easy to put into practice. You can quickly check someone for stroke symptoms using the F.A.S.T. method:

  • Face - Ask the person to smile and see if their face looks uneven, with one side drooping.
  • Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms and see if one arm is weak or drifts downward.
  • Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase and listen for slurred or strange speech.
  • Time - Time is the single most important part of FAST. If you witness a friend or loved one exhibiting any of these symptoms, you should call 911 immediately. By acting FAST, you can play a major role in minimizing the impact of a stroke.

It’s critical that you don’t hesitate. Because in the case of stroke, every minute counts — and “time lost is brain lost.” The faster a patient gets transported to the emergency room following the onset of stroke symptoms, the better their chances for survival and a positive long-term outcome. When a patient arrives at the hospital quickly after the onset of stroke symptoms there are several effective treatment options we can use that may not be possible if people wait to call 911 and treatment is delayed. Quick response and rapid treatment are key factors in limiting long-term disability from stroke.

Please share these important facts with your loved ones. If we all Act F.A.S.T. we can minimize the impact of strokes in our community and live healthier, together.


Did you know — stroke is the third leading cause of death for women?

Learn the hidden stroke risk factors for women

Every year, women have more strokes and stroke-related deaths than men. In fact, 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year. Learn about the hidden stroke risk factors for women here:


Did you know — young people have strokes, too?

From infants, to teens, to young adults — you’re never too young to have a stroke

Don’t ever think you’re too young to have a stroke. Many of the lifestyle risk factors for stroke that exist for older adults are also present for younger people.

Read one teen’s story here: