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Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. A stroke occurs when the flow of blood to an area of the brain is impeded or blocked. This deprives the brain cells of oxygen, and they begin to die. The effects of a stroke will vary greatly depending on the type of stroke, the area of the brain involved, and the extent of the damage.
 
In case of a suspected stroke, it’s essential to act F.A.S.T. Quick action and immediate treatment can greatly lessen the severity of the stroke and improve patient outcome. These are the signs to look for:
 
F. Facial drooping. If you suspect a stroke, ask the affected person to smile. Is the smile symmetrical, or does it droop on one side?
 
A. Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Do they both stay raised, or does one drift down?
 
S. Speech. Is the person’s speech slurred?
 
T. Time. Act fast to get the person medical attention if you suspect a stroke.
 
While some risk factors cannot be controlled, stroke is linked to lifestyle risk factors. You can lesson your risk of stroke with a healthy diet, an active lifestyle, refraining from tobacco use, and avoiding alcohol or drinking only in moderation.
 
For more information visit:
The National Stroke Association

 

 

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