BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — October 29th is World Stroke Day. Strokes and heart attacks have not gone away as the world has dealt with COVID-19, but health officials are still reminding people of signs and symptoms are and to call 911.
The goal of World Stroke Day is to increase public awareness about the signs of stroke and the appropriate action to take, as well as create maximum awareness of the steps we can all take to prevent stroke.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States; however, it remains a leading cause of permanent adult disability.
According to the American Heart Association, worldwide, approximately 1 in 4 adults over the age of 25 will have a stroke in their lifetime. However, most adults don’t know the F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke, even if they are a stroke survivor. F.A.S.T. stands for Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time to call 9-1-1. Learning the warning signs and calling 9-1-1 as soon as possible can mean the difference between life or death, and recovery or disability.
Stroke can hit at any age, fitness level, or race. It is a leading cause of long-term disability and the leading preventable cause of disability and a leading cause of memory loss.
To learn more, visit the Stroke Association’s website.