A Message from the American Stroke Association

Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke – and if a stroke doesn’t kill, it may cause physical or mental disability. Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 if you think that you or someone near you is having a stroke. Visit StrokeAssociation.org for more information.

Call 911 immediately and say “I think this is a stroke” if you or someone else has any of these stroke warning signs:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Stroke can happen to anyone, at any time and at any age. Learn to recognize a stroke, because in a stroke emergency, time lost, is brain lost. For every minute you don’t get help, more brain cells die.

Some things you can do to reduce the risk of stroke:

Eat a balanced, portion controlled diet emphasizing a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat or non-fat dairy products, fish, legumes and sources of protein low in saturated fat. Get physically atcive at least 30 minutes per day, most days of the week.

Stive. Survive. Thrive. To learn how to strive for ideal health to reduce the risk of stroke, visit My Life Check (MyLifeCheck.org). To survive and thrive, learn the stroke symptoms and other helpful tips by visiting StrokeAssociation.org

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