Fact Of Day: May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

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About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds.

Stroke kills nearly 129,000 people a year. It is the No. 5 cause of death.

On average, every 4 minutes someone dies of stroke.

About 40 percent of stroke deaths occur in males, and 60 percent in females.

In 2010, worldwide prevalence of stroke was 33 million, with 16.9 million people having a first stroke. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability.

2010 for stroke-related medical costs and disability.

African-Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than Caucasians and a much higher death rate from stroke.

Don’t ignore these warning signs, even if they go away. Timing is important.

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 trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

• Sudden severe headache with no known cause F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember how to recognize a stroke and what to do. S

pot a stroke FAST. Face drooping. Arm weakness. Speech Difficulty. Time to call 9-1-1.

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