Monday, October 28, 2013

Tomorrow is World Stroke Day

In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, one of those people dies. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America, and the number one preventable cause of disability. The worldwide statistics are similarly striking: 15 million people experience a stroke each year, and 6 million of them do not survive.

Recognizing the signs of a stroke and calling 9-1-1 may increase someone’s chances of survival and recovery. That’s why through the Together to End Stroke initiative, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association teaches the simple acronym F.A.S.T. to help people remember what to look for and what to do during a stroke emergency:

 Face (face drooping on one side of the body)
 Arm (arm weakness on one side of the body)
 Speech (speech difficulty)
T – Time (time to call 911)

On World Stroke Day, Tuesday October 29we want everyone to learn the signs of a stroke and know what to do in a stroke emergency. Everyone needs to know this, because when someone is having a stroke, it is usually the bystander who recognizes it and can act quickly by calling 9-1-1. Help us spread the word by sharing:

·         Our F.A.S.T. infographic
·         Our F.A.S.T. mobile app and our contest to win a phone call from celebrity fitness trainer Crystal Wall
·         The #WorldStrokeDay hashtag via social media

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