Approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year. Women are twice as likely to die from stroke than breast cancer annually. African Americans have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke.
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.
Memorize these signs of stroke:
- F = FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- A = ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S = SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
- T = TIME If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 9-1-1immediately.