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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious long-term disability. If stroke symptoms are present, it is important to dial 911 immediately.
Warning signs of a stroke include:
To quickly recognize the symptoms of stroke, the National Stroke Association recommends acting F.A.S.T.
Most strokes are classified in one of the following ways:
Know Your RiskSome stroke risk factors are hereditary, while others are a function of natural processes. Other risk factors may result from a person’s lifestyle.
Hereditary factors that increase your risk of stroke:
With proper education and a healthy lifestyle, about 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented. The following risk factors can be changed, treated or controlled through positive changes as appropriate. If you have a medical condition, talk with your doctor about the proper way to manage it and reduce your risk of having a stroke.
Risk factors that can be changed, treated or controlled:
A stroke is a medical emergency. Please call 911 immediately if you are experiencing symptoms of stroke.
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