In the United States, stroke affects more than 750,000 people each year. It’s the leading cause of adult disability and the fifth leading cause of death.
It’s important for stroke victims to receive immediate care. When a stroke occurs, 2 million brain cells are lost every minute. People suffering from a stroke have a better chance of recovering when treated early to restore blood flow.
Fortunately, we can all BE FAST when it comes to spotting stroke warning signs and getting victims the care they need.
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Don’t Delay Stroke Treatment
A study by the UPMC Stroke Institute found that the number of people going to the hospital for stroke treatment is down 40% since the coronavirus pandemic began compared to previous years.
Even when stay-at-home orders are in place due to COVID-19, doctors say patients should seek immediate care if they suspect they are having a stroke.
How Can You BE FAST?
A stroke requires immediate attention.
When you recognize the signs of a stroke and take quick action, victims have a better chance of recovery. Remember this acronym so you can recognize the warning signs: BE FAST.
Balance–Sudden loss of balance
Eyes–Sudden double vision or vison loss
Face–One side drooping
Arms–One arm weak or numb
Time–BE FAST: CALL 911!
Get Stroke Treatment Immediately
If you think you are suffering from a stroke, it’s important to seek medical care right away. Call 911.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on , and was last reviewed on .
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP). Stroke Facts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Link
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