Heartbeat Report: Recognizing the signs of a stroke

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Baton Rouge, LA (NBC 33/ Fox 44)

May is Stroke awareness month. And when it comes to avoiding long-lasting consequences, experts with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South want you to remember that getting help as soon as possible is important when it comes to stroke.

According to the American Stroke Association:

*About 795,000 Americans will have a new or recurrent stroke this year.
*More than 690,000 U.S. strokes are caused when a clot cuts off blood flow to a part of the brain. (called an ischemic stroke).  
*Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States, killing more than 142,000. 1 in 19 deaths.

These are all reasons why we all need to know the acronym for recognizing the signs of a stroke.
Experts say, just remember F*A*S*T, which stands for…

*Face drooping-Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? 
*Arm weakness-s one arm weak or numb? 
*Speech difficulty-Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak,
or are they hard to understand?
*Time to call 911 

For more information on stroke, visit the The American Stroke Association’s website by clicking here.

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Cardiovascular Institute of the South was founded in 1983 by Dr. Craig Walker, who first established the company as a one-physician practice in Houma, Louisiana. Driven by a desire to serve and heal people in his community, Dr. Walker envisioned CIS as a leader in the development of new techniques and technologies in the treatment of both coronary and peripheral artery diseases.

Today, CIS continues to grow and expand to multiple locations striving to make the most advanced cardiovascular care accessible to a wide spectrum of communities across Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. We believe that our unwavering dedication to the CIS mission of providing the highest quality cardiovascular care has truly been the cornerstone of this successful growth.

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