Stroke Heroes Act FAST
- In the U.S., a stroke happens about every 40 seconds.
- Stroke is the leading cause of death and serious long-term disability.
- There are approximately 26 hospitalizations for stroke in Oklahoma each day.
- In 2010, Oklahoma had the second highest percentage of adults in the nation reporting a history of having a stroke (4.2%).
Stroke Risk Factors
Non-Modifiable Risk Factors
- Prior Stroke
Modifiable Risk Factors
- High blood pressure
- Cardiac disease
- Atrial fibrillation
- Diabetes mellitus
- Carotid stenosis
- High cholesterol
- Heavy alcohol use
- Sedentary lifestyle/Obesity
- Illegal drug use
Stroke Signs and Symptoms
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Stroke is a time-sensitive, medical emergency. Time lost is brain lost. FAST is a campaign to educate the public about recognizing and reacting to stroke signs and symptoms that are visible to other people. F-A-S-T stands for:
- 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 their speech sound strange? Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase.
- Time - If you observe any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.
The following material from the Stroke Heroes ACT FAST campaign are available for download:
FAST Poster - English and Spanish
FAST Wallet Card
FAST Bookmark (Double-sided) - English and Spanish
In addition, the DVD, LIfe after Stroke and Help can be ordered by calling 1-888-669-5934. This DVD covers the following:
- Stroke risk factors
- How to recognize stroke signs and symptoms
- The Stroke Heroes ACT FAST animation
- Information for stroke survivors and caregivers