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Stroke Heroes Act FAST

Stroke Statistics

  • 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

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Prior Stroke
  • Hereditary

   Modifiable Risk Factors

  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiac disease
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Smoking
  • 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


FAST Campaign
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
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