Medical Watch: CycleNation and tips on stroke prevention from the Rush Mobile Stroke Unit

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Laura Kingsbury


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  1. Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States
  2. 80% of strokes are preventable.  Talk with your doctor about managing high blood pressure or diabetes.
  3. Stroke can be caused either by a clot blocking the flow of blood to the brain (called an ischemic stroke) or by a blood vessel opening and preventing blood flow to the brain (called a hemorrhagic stroke). A TIA (transient ischemic attack), or “mini stroke”, is caused by a temporary clot.
  4. Act FAST to recognize stroke.  Time lost is brain lost.  Learn the FAST warning signs to spot a stroke:

F. Face drooping (asymmetrical face)

A. Arm weakness (on one side)

S. Speech difficulty or slurred speech

T. Time to call 9-1-1



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