Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of severe long-term disability for Americans. It disproportionately affects African Americans due to higher prevalence of increased risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and previous heart disease and/or stroke.
The good news is that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. In fact, it is the No. 1 preventable cause of disability. Through the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Power To End Stroke campaign, we embrace and celebrate your culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles and empower you and your loved ones with information and tools to prevent stroke through knowledge, action and hope.
Know the stroke warning signs, so you can respond fast in a stroke emergency. When you recognize a stroke and act fast by calling 9-1-1, you have a greater chance of improving the outcome, preserving independence and having a full recovery. To help recognize a stroke, remember F.A.S.T. and the symptoms that come on suddenly:
F- Face weakness
T- Time to call 9-1-1
For a complete list of the seven warning signs, visit www.strokeassociation.org.
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