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Did you know Stoke is the fifth leading cause of death in the nation. Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke and every 4 minutes one person will die from a stroke?

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Stroke is a disease that affects the blood vessels that take blood to your brain. It is a “brain attack “in which blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. This will start to affect the abilities that are controlled by that part of the brain, such as memory and muscle control

A stroke can be devastating to the patient as well as family and friends. TIME is critically important when it comes to a stroke. Don’t let FEAR keep you from acting FAST.

That is an acronym you should remember, F-A-S-T.

F is for face drooping A is for arm weakness S is for speech difficulty T is for time, call 911. Get to a local emergency room to increase your chances for survival and limiting disability from stroke.

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FACTS ABOUT STROKE: ACT F.A.S.T.

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the nation. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, and every four minutes one person will die from a stroke. According to the California Department of Public Health, more people die of stroke in Tulare County than on average than in the state of California (42.7 per 100,000 compared to 38.1 per 100,000 deaths).

Stroke is a disease that affects the blood vessels that take blood to your brain. It is a “brain attack” in which blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. This will start to affect the abilities that are controlled by that part of the brain, such as memory and muscle control.

How badly someone is affected by their stroke depends on where in the brain it occurs and how much the brain is damaged. TIME is critically important when it comes to stroke. Learn to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. This acronym will help you identify when a friend and loved one is having a stroke.

F is for Face drooping. Is one side of the person’s face drooping or numb? When he or she smiles, is the smile uneven?

A is for Arm weakness. Is the person experiencing weakness or numbness in one arm? Have the person raise both arms. Does one of the arms drift downward?

S is for Speech difficulty. Is the person’s speech suddenly slurred or hard to understand? Is he or she unable to speak? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Can he or she repeat it back?

T is for Time. Call 911. If any of these symptoms are present, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Check the time so you can report when the symptoms began.

DO NOT let FEAR keep you from acting FAST! Our emergency departments are still open and are safe and the place you need to be if you suspect a stroke.

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