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Stroke Can Strike at Any Age


Know how to act FAST.

Has their face fallen on one side?  Can they smile?
ARMS Are they unable to raise both arms and keep them there?
SPEECH Is their speech slurred?
TIME Call 911 if you see any of these warning signs


Every 45 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke, the leading cause of disability in adults – especially older adults.

What is a Stroke?

Simply defined, a stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving your brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. There are two types of strokes:

  • Ischemic: The major cause (87 percent) is a blocked brain artery resulting in an insufficient supply of blood to part of the brain.
  • Hemorrhagic: The lesser cause (13 percent) is the rupture of a brain artery bleeding into or around the brain.

It’s estimated that 700,000 people suffer from stroke every year. About 500,000 are first occurrences; 200,000 are repeat strokes.

Getting immediate medical care is critical. It can mean the difference between complete recovery and a lifetime of serious disability. Always dial 9-1-1 for stroke symptoms.

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