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Are You at Risk for Stroke? Know the Risk Factors
If you have these risk factors, consult your physician. Education, prevention and detection can save your life.
- High blood pressure
- Heart Disease
- Carotid Artery Disease
- Family History of Stroke
- Prior Stroke or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)
- High Cholesterol
If you suspect someone is having a stroke
Quick action is key, act FAST:
F = FACE
Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = ARMS
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = SPEECH
Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the person repeat the sentence correctly?
T = TIME
If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is critical. Call 9-1-1 and get to teh nearest stroke center. Brain cells are dying.