World Stroke Day is observed on October 29 to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors.
Stroke Facts and Statistics
- Stroke is the number five cause of death in the United States.
- Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.
- On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds.
- Someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes.
- 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Remember BEFAST to help save a life
- B = Balance: Is the person experiencing a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
- E = Eyes: Is the person having a sudden change in vision or trouble seeing
- F = Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- A = Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S = Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
- T = Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
If you suspect you or someone you love is experiencing a stroke, immediately call 9-1-1.
The faster stroke victims are treated, the less damage to the brain. To learn more about the how we are revolutionizing stroke care at Cooper, click here.