Stroke Awareness Month: 5 F.A.S.T. Facts
Did you know that stroke is the leading cause of death and the leading cause of preventable disability in the US? Being able to recognize the symptoms and onset of a stroke, whether it’s happening to yourself or to a loved one, could be the difference between life and death.
According to the American Stroke Association, there are 5 facts about strokes that can help you better understand why strokes are so dangerous. The more you know about strokes and the symptoms, the faster you can get help and prevent severe brain damage.
· Fact #1: Stroke kills brain cells. During a stroke, blood flow to the brain is blocked by a clot or rupture. This prevents oxygen from getting to our brains, and after only minutes without oxygen, brain cells begin to die.
· Fact #2: There are a couple different types of stroke. One is called an ischemic stroke which is cause by a blood clot. A hemorrhagic clot is caused by a rupture to an artery or vein that carries blood to our brain. Also, there is a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) that is caused by a temporary blockage.
· Fact #3: One in four stroke survivors is at risk for a second stroke. That said, however, up to 80% of second clot-related strokes are preventable.
· Fact #4: Work on a prevention plan. Working with your doctor on how to prevent a stroke can significantly reduce your risk of having one.
· Fact #5: The longer it takes to get help, the more damage occurs to the brain. Time lost, brain is lost.
Keep the F.A.S.T. acronym in mind to help you spot a stroke and get help immediately.
F = Face drooping
A = Arm weakness
S = Speech difficulty
T = Time to call 911
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