Published: October 29, 2019
Every second counts during a stroke. Whether you’re enjoying music at a festival or are about to finally reach the front of the line at the DMV, the second you notice the sign of an impending stroke, it’s time to act.
Did you kow? Worldwide, stroke is the No. 2 killer. In the U.S., someone has a stroke every 40 seconds or dies from one every four minutes.
Today, stroke is more treatable than ever. If you spot even one sign of stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and say, “I think this is a stroke.” Once stroke symptoms begin, the patient has a very narrow window of time to receive treatment that may make the difference between recovery and disability, life and death.
Each year the American Stroke Association joins organizations and individuals across the globe for World Stroke Day to spread this message: Stroke is largely treatable.
Together to End Stroke is an American Stroke Association initiative to educate the public on recognizing common warning signs of a stroke. It also educates the public about what to do during a stroke emergency using the acronym F.A.S.T.:
Stroke won’t wait and neither should you.