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World Stroke Day

Stroke affects about 1 in 4 people worldwide. It can happen to anyone. The good news is, 80% of first strokes may be prevented. You have the power! 

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World Stroke Day is October 29th. But you can start now with small steps to improve your brain function and prevent stroke.

To prevent stroke, it's vital to understand your risk factors. Some risk factors — such as age, race, gender and family history — are outside of your control. But you can control other risk factors. Learn the risk factors for stroke and make lifestyle changes to prevent a first stroke.


The number 1 controllable risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, or hypertension. Work with your doctor to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range (under 120/80).

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When stroke happens, acting quickly may be the difference between recovery and disability. If someone shows any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, and loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Use the letters F.A.S.T. to spot the signs of stroke and know when to call 9-1-1.

  • F: Face Drooping
  • A: Arm Weakness
  • S: Speech Difficulty
  • T: Time to call 9-1-1
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