Stroke Is the Fourth Leading Cause of Death in U.S.
Yet Most People Can't Name One Sign or Symptom
CO—Wyatt David was starting his day as an elementary school teacher when he had
sudden trouble seeing. It was a stroke. Luckily, he knew the signs and got to
the hospital right away for treatment.
is one of 592 Faces of StrokeTM
featured on stroke.org demonstrating
the personal side of stroke and educating the public about
important stroke facts through individual personal experiences.
Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke, increasing
risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. Recognizing symptoms and acting
FAST to get medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month and National Stroke Association encourages the public to act and think FAST when it comes to stroke. The
sooner an individual gets emergency medical treatment, the better their odds
are for survival and recovery.
is a memory aid to help recognize the symptoms of stroke. It stands for:
Face = Does one
side of the face droop?
Arms = When
both arms are raised, does one arm drift downward?
Speech = Is
the person’s speech slurred or garbled?
Time = Call
9-1-1 immediately if any of these symptoms occur
“The public is dangerously uninformed about stroke,” said Jim
Baranski, CEO of National Stroke Association. “Stroke is the fourth leading
cause of death in the United States and knowing the signs can save your life or
the life of a loved one.”
stroke symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg,
especially on one side of the body; sudden vision loss; sudden trouble walking,
dizziness or loss of balance; and sudden severe headache with no known cause. Up
to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented through controlling various risk factors.
Stroke is a web-based gallery with more than 592 individual profiles of stroke
survivors, caregivers and healthcare providers sharing their stories and photos.
Browse the many Faces and share your own story at www.stroke.org/faces.
National Stroke Association
Stroke Association is the only national organization in the U.S. that focuses
100 percent of its efforts on stroke by developing compelling education and
programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all
impacted by stroke. Visit www.stroke.org for more