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The latest statistics are staggering. Every 2 seconds, someone in the world suffers a stroke. Yes you read that correctly: two seconds.
Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability and the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. Millions of Americans, no matter their age, race or gender is safe from a stroke.
I learned this the hard way when my father suffered a stroke in 2014. Since that time, I have become passionate about understanding more about stroke prevention.
I ask more questions about my family health history. I’ve increased my learning when it comes to stroke and stroke prevention. I’m in constant contact with my health care physician to keep an individualized action plan to safeguard myself against the risk of stroke as much as I possibly can.
There is good news, armed with the proper information stroke is treatable and survivable. The key is to recognize the signs and get help F.A.S.T. (Face, Arm, Speech, Time).
In recognition of World Stroke Day (October 29), the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is urging the public to learn the warning signs of stroke and what “F.A.S.T.” means. The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover.
Did You Know?
Someone in the U.S. dies of stroke every four minutes
There are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the U.S.
Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age
To further aid in the public’s awareness of F.A.S.T., the American Stroke Association has created a fun and engaging stroke awareness video as a public service message.