World Stroke Day is October 29th.

More than 75 percent of the 795,000 strokes suffered annually in the US occur in people over age 65 — 

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The American Stroke Association is in the midst of an ambitious 10-year impact goal to reduce stroke mortality by 20 percent by 2020,” says Stephanie Mohl, vice president of the ASA.

“But Mohl says the aging population is a significant challenge to reducing stroke prevalence. Another obstacle: high rates of hypertension, Mohl says. As World Stroke Day approaches tomorrow, the American Stroke Association is also doubling down on its efforts to help the public recognize signs of a stroke as early as possible. They’ve come up with a simple acronym, FAST, to make that happen: If there’s face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty, it’s time to call 911.”

fast“Nothing is more important than a life. If you spot the warning signs of stroke, call 911 right away.”

“Responding quickly can be the difference between recovery and disability, or even death. Luckily, stroke is largely treatable when you know the signs and act fast. A few seconds could save a life, possibly your own.”

“Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability. Today, stroke is more treatable than ever, but time is critical. Share these resources with your friends and family. Together we can end stroke.™”

Find out more at the American Stroke Association Website.

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