WHAT IS A STROKE?

A stroke or a “brain attack” is a sudden interruption in the brain’s blood supply. When the blood supply is interrupted, your brain no longer gets the oxygen and nutrients it needs, therefore, causing brain cells to die by the minute.²

According to the World Health Organization, stroke is the second leading cause of death and third leading cause of disability worldwide.³

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In 59 seconds a stroke can kill 1.9 million brain cells. For every minute treatment is delayed, there is a risk of losing 4 days of a disability free life and 10 days of functional independence.

Heroes are quick to recognize the signs of stroke and get loved ones' access to a comprehensive stroke center.

Learn the warning signs of stroke to B.E. F.A.S.T. in order to save a life.

BEFAST signs of a stroke

HOW IS STROKE TREATED?

There are several ways Acute Ischemic Stroke can be treated by either removing or dissolving a clot.⁹

MEDICAL MANAGEMENT

An intravenous tissue plasminogen activator, is often used to break up clots and works best when used soon after the stroke occurs.7

MECHANICAL THROMBECTOMY

For larger, more complex clots a minimally invasive procedure known as mechanical thrombectomy uses a device to remove the clot.7

How to Manage and Reduce the Risk of Stroke

Up to 80% of strokes could be prevented by addressing a small number of risk factors.

With some simple life changes and working with your doctor, you can reduce your risk of stroke by managing your other conditions. Learn more about the connections between stroke and diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension, and atrial fibrillation.

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Behind Every Stroke Survivor is a Team of Heroes

Spotting and treating strokes takes a team of quick thinking heroes. Here are the stories of stroke survivors and the team that helped save their lives.

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STROKE SURVIVOR STORY - KIMBERLY MUNDT

Kimberly Mundt, 34, a young mother of three was working to support her family at a local coffee shop when she suffered a stroke. Her friend knew the signs of stroke and acted F.A.S.T.

STROKE SURVIVOR STORY - BILL MARTIN

An ordinary football game day for superfan Bill Martin, 54, was transformed into a life-saving experience when friends and bystanders recognized signs of his stroke and jumped into action.

2

Learn About Stroke. (2020). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/about.htm

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World Stroke Organization (WSO): Global Stroke Fact Sheet 2019, Slide 5: https://www.world-stroke.org/assets/downloads/WSO_Fact-sheet_15.01.2020.pdf

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The Lancet Neurology, The global burden of stroke: persistent and disabling, Gorelick, P. https://www.thelancet.com/JOURNALS/ LANEUR/ARTICLE/PIIS1474-4422(19)30030-4/FULLTEXT

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www.stroke.org/ 2020. Ischemic Stroke Treatment. [online] Available at: [Accessed 18 May 2020]

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Impact of a theory-informed and user-centered stroke information campaign on the public’s behaviors, attitudes, and knowledge when facing acute stroke: a controlled before-and-after study BMC Public Health

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Original study: 2005 Time Is Brain — Quantified Je!rey L. Saver, MD https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/01.str.0000196957.55928.ab

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