A stroke is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention. Strokes are the number 5 cause of death in the United States. Ischemic strokes are the most common type, consisting about 87% of stroke cases. An Ischemic stroke occurs from the growth of fatty deposits in vessel walls called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis can create threatening blood clots which lead to stroke.
Strokes are sudden and the abbreviation F.A.S.T. will help you remember the signs and symptoms of stroke. When faced with stroke symptoms, always remember to act F.A.S.T.
Stay Aware of Other Symptoms
Following the F.A.S.T. plan can save a life, but there are other threatening symptoms that may not seem as dangerous on the surface. Symptoms that appear suddenly may indicate signs of a stroke. These include:
If someone shows any of these symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services.
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