A stroke is an emergency situation, and time is important. During a stroke, vital blood flow and oxygen is cut off to the brain. In the U.S., stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, killing more than 133,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.
Dr. Calvin Hansen, Neurology says, "Remember to act FAST to save a life and limit disabilities. FAST stands for Face, Arm, Speech and Time. Does their face droop on one side when trying to smile, does one arm drift downward when she tries raising both arms, and is her speech slurred or strange when repeating a simple phrase. If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately."
About 80 percent of strokes could be prevented by managing your risk factors, such as maintaining blood pressure and cholesterol levels, exercising and eating a healthy diet.
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