Stroke kills almost 130,000 Americans each year.  On average, one American dies from a stroke every 4 minutes.  Every year, more than 795,000 people in the US have a stroke.  Although stroke risk increases with age, strokes can occur at any age.  During a stroke, 32,000 brain cells die each second.

Knowing the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke are key to acting fast if you or someone you know might be having a stroke.  The chances of survival are greater when emergency treatment begins quickly.

Patients who arrive at the emergency room within 3 hours of their first symptoms tend to have less disability after a stroke than those who received delayed care.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are major risk factors for stroke.  Other medical conditions, unhealthy lifestyle choices, and ethnicity also increase your risk for stroke.

Remember this regarding stroke signs:

B.E.F.A.S.T.

Balance, Eyes, Face, Arms, Speech, Timing

  • Sudden loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden change in vision
  • Sudden weakness or drooping of the face
  • Sudden weakness of an arm or leg
  • Sudden difficulty speaking
  • Note the time the symptoms started
  • Call 911