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Health Minute: Stroke Awareness

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WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of severe disability. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time. To recognize the signs, remember the acronym F.A.S.T.:

  • F: Is there facial drooping?
  • A: Is there arm weakness or downward drift?
  • S: Are there speech difficulties?
  • T: “Time is brain.”

Strokes are treatable if they’re caught quickly. If someone is having a stroke, call 911.

80% of strokes may be preventable. The American Stroke Association recommends managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, eating healthy, staying physically active, maintaining a healthy body weight, and quitting smoking.

For more information, visit stroke.org.

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