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What is a Stroke?

Simply put, a stroke is a "brain attack." It is the loss or alteration of bodily function resulting from an insufficient supply of blood to the brain resulting from an interruption in normal flow of blood to the brain.

Stroke can occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain bursts or is blocked by a blood clot or another particle.

Without oxygen rich blood and nutrients, brain cells in the affected area begin to malfunction and die. Learn more about different link to types of stroke.


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B.E.F.A.S.T. to Detect a Stroke

If you think someone is having a stroke, look for these FAST signs:

Balance - Is the person losing his/her coordination or balance? Is he/she having trouble walking?

Eyes - Is the person having trouble seeing out of one or both eyes?

Face - Does the face look uneven?  Ask the person to smile.

Arm - Does one arm drift down?  Ask the person to raise both arms.

Speech - Does his or her speech sound strange?  Ask the person to answer a simple question.

Time - If you observe any of these signs, then it's time to call 9-1-1.

When it's a stroke, time is of the essence. The quicker you can get a stroke victim to the hospital, the better his/her chances for recovery.

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  • Balance

    Is the person losing his/her coordination or balance?

  • Eyes

    Is the person having trouble seeing out of one or both eyes?

  • Face

    Does the face look uneven or drift down?

  • Arm

    Does one arm drift down?

  • Speech

    Does the person's speech sound strange?

  • Time

    If you observe any of these signs, it is time
    to call 9-1-1. 

The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better the chances of recovery.

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