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World Stroke Day - FAST



*Stroke is a global epidemic that threatens lives, health, and quality of life.


It is a major cause of long term disabilities and premature death

Stroke occurs when a vessel that brings blood to the brain bursts or is clogged by a blood clot. With today’s unhealthy lifestyles and numerous health issues such as high blood pressure, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol overuse, stroke has grown to be an epidemic all over the world. Stroke accounts for 5.7 million deaths each year worldwide and ranks second to ischemic heart disease as a cause of death. It is also a leading cause of serious disability, sparing no age, sex, ethnic origin, or country.


The theme of the World Stroke Day 2009: “Stroke‐What can I do?”

This question implies that everyone can do something about stroke, whether it is on an individual or group level.

If you notice one or more of these signs, don't wait. Stroke is a medical emergency.

Call your emergency medical services and get to a hospital right away!


Learn the warning signs of stroke.


Take action in an emergency.


The FAST test

You can use the FAST test to remember the signs of stroke it involves asking three simple questions:


•Face – Can the person smile, has their mouth drooped?


•Arms – Can the person raise both arms?


•Speech – Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?


•Time – Act FAST!


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Taken on October 29, 2009