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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, two 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

If you think you are suffering from a stroke, it’s important to seek medical care right away.

A study by the UPMC Stroke Institute found 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.

Learn More About UPMC Stroke Institute


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

About UPMC

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, UPMC is a world-renowned health care provider and insurer. We operate 40 hospitals and 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient centers, with locations in central and western Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and internationally. We employ 4,900 physicians, and we are leaders in clinical care, groundbreaking research, and treatment breakthroughs. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside as one of the nation’s best hospitals in many specialties and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.