May is Stroke Awareness Month – Know the symptoms!

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month.  A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts.  During a stroke, 32,000 brain cells are lost per second, 1.9 million are lost per minute, and 120 million are lost per hour. 

Primary Stroke Cntr logo Hi-resTIME is brain!  Know the signs and act F.A.S.T.  If you or someone you witness is having a stroke, call 911 immediately for quick care and treatment.

Tucson Medical Center is a Primary Stroke Center that offers comprehensive 24/7 neurology, neurosurgery, and interventional neuroradiology coverage. 


▪  Stroke is the #1 preventable cause of disability
▪  Stroke is the #4 cause of death in the U.S.
▪  Every 40 seconds, someone has as stroke 

Modifiable risk factors:

▪  High blood pressure
▪  Heart disease
▪  High cholesterol
▪  Carotid disease
▪  Atrial fibrillation
▪  Diabetes
▪  Physical inactivity
▪  Obesity
▪  Heavy alcohol use
▪  Drug abuse and tobacco use


▪  Don’t smoke
▪  Eat lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, fiber and fish
▪  Keep moving!  Get at least 30 minutes of brisk walking most days
▪  Keep your body mass index (BMI) less than 25
▪  Manage cholesterol – less than 200, and LDL less than 100 is ideal
▪  Manage blood pressure – less than 120/80 is ideal
▪  Managing fasting glucose – less than 100 is ideal

Stroke in everyday life:

These three scenarios are examples of how stroke symptoms affect someone in everyday life:

▪  While brushing your teeth, you notice the left side of your face is drooping. You try to smile, but it feels awkward.
▪  You are preparing a meal, your left arm drifts down and you notice that you have no control over it. 
▪  In the middle of a conversation, your speech becomes difficult to understand.

Other warning signs of stroke include a sudden change in speech, vision, strength or sensation, balance or dizziness, level of consciousness, or a severe headache.

Click here for more information about stroke.
Click here to learn more about the Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T. app.

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