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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

A stroke can happen to anyone. Essentially, it is an attack in the brain. When it happens, blood flow to a certain part of the brain is suspended, cutting parts of it off from oxygen and quickly killing brain cells.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and we wanted to shed some light on a few things you may or may not know about stroke, and keep you informed on what to do if you see someone who appears to be having a stroke.

Did You Know?

  • Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.
  • Nearly 800,000 people in the US have a stroke every year, with about three in four being first-time strokes.
  • Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in the US, and the leading cause of disability.
  • Research shows that up to 80% of strokes could have been prevented.
  • More women than men have strokes each year, in part because women live longer.
  • A child's greatest chances of having a stroke are during the first year of life, and stroke is still the 6th leading cause of death for children.
  • 87% of strokes are classified as ischemic. An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot or a mass blocks a blood vessel, cutting off blood flow to a part of the brain.
  • African-Americans are more impacted by stroke than any other racial group within the American population.

How to Recognize a Stroke

How to Spot a Stroke | FAST

It's important to be able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke as soon as possible. The quicker you can spot them, the sooner you'll receive medical attention and the better your chances of recovery are.

As soon as you recognize these symptoms, call 9-1-1. Even if these symptoms are only temporary, get the sufferer proper treatment. Keep in mind the exact time the symptoms started so you can reference it later.

Sources: www.ninds.nih.gov, www.stroke.org, www.strokeassociation.org