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Stroke & F.A.S.T.

Stroke is a disease affecting the arteries leading to and inside the brain. According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the US.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When this happens, part of the brain can’t get the blood and oxygen it needs, so these brain cells die.

By learning the warning signs of a stroke, you just might save a life.

Additional symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden Numbness – Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side.
  • Sudden Confusion – Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
  • Sudden Trouble Speaking – Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden Trouble Walking – Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden Severe Headache – Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If someone shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!