Stroke, like a heart attack, is very serious. It is the fourth leading cause of death in North Carolina. Stroke can happen at any age. That is why it is important to know the facts about stroke, the warning signs, and the risk factors and learn how you can make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of stroke.
Stroke Warning Signs
Knowing the signs of stroke could save someone you love.
WALKING—Is your balance off?
FEELING—Is your headache severe?
TALKING—Is your speech slurred or face droopy?
SEEING—Do things look blurred?
When it comes to stroke, act fast! Call 911, if you suspect some is having a stroke.
Doctors can do more for your recovery if you get to the hospital within three hours.
Immediately call 911 or the emergency medical services (EMS) number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can be sent.
Check the Time
Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared. It's very important to take immediate action. If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.
If you are certified in CPR you can help start someone’s heart if the victim stops breathing. CPR stands for "Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation." CPR involves a combination of mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing (or other artificial ventilation techniques) and chest compressions. It helps to buy time by keeping blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs until normal heart function is restored to the victim. The local American Heart Association or Red Cross offers free classes where you can train and certify in this life-saving technique.
Stroke in North Carolina – 2013 Fact Sheet (PDF, 40 KB)
Stick figures based on information from H.O.P.E. for Stroke and the Stroke Awareness Foundation.