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Get Stroke Ready
You may not be able to predict a stroke, but it is possible to plan for it.
To get stroke ready
- Know your risk factors
- Make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of stroke
- Learn about your local stroke care team
Brain cells die every second during a stroke and can impact speech, movement and memory. Time is brain. Stroke is an emergency – always call 911.
Learn the signs of stroke — you might save someone's life.
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does the face look uneven?
Also look for: numbness or weakness on one side, loss of vision in one or both eyes and unusually severe headaches.
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Or is one arm unable to be raised?
Also look for: Dizziness or loss of balance.
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his/her speech slurred or strange?
Also look for: Inability to understand speech.
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately. Remember, strokes need immediate medical attention.
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Special thanks to the Minnesota Department of Health for their support of stroke awareness and prevention.