Know the Warning Signs and ACT F.A.S.T. to Call 911

Stroke IS an Emergency! Thinking F.A.S.T. and calling 911 F.A.S.T. can save a life and dramatically shorten recovery time for a stroke patient. Recognizing the warning signs that someone is having a stroke, or “brain attack”, is critical to their survival, recovery time, and long-term effects.

THINK YOU ARE HAVING A STROKE?

CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!

STROKE FACTS

  • Stroke is an emergency and brain attack, cutting off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
  • In the U.S., stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing over 133,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability
  • There are an estimated 7 million stroke survivors in the U.S. over 20.
  • Approximately 795,000 strokes will occur this year, one occurring every 40seconds, and taking a life approximately every four minutes.
  • Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age.
  • Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke, increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. Recognizing symptoms and acting FAST to get medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities.
  • Women are twice as likely to die from stroke than breast cancer annually.