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Deciding Moments: Act Fast Against Strokes

The impact of strokes resonates on a global scale. By recognizing and preventing them, we have the power to alter outcomes through informed actions.

What is a Stroke?

A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), happens when blood flow to part of the brain is disrupted, depriving brain cells of oxygen and nutrients. Brain cell damage or death can occur rapidly during a stroke event. The effects on stroke survivors vary depending on the location and extent of brain tissue affected. While some individuals fully recover, nearly two-thirds of stroke survivors experience lingering disabilities.
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Stroke Statistics

1. Tsao CW, Aday AW, Almarzooq ZI, Beaton AZ, Bittencourt MS, Boehme AK, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2023 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2023;147:e93–e621.

2. National Center for Health Statistics. Multiple Cause of Death 2018–2021 on CDC WONDER Database. Accessed February 2, 2023.

Stroke Warning Signs

Every minute counts when it comes to stroke treatment. Delays increase the risk of long-term disability and loss of independence. Learn to recognize the warning signs using the B.E. F.A.S.T. acronym and act quickly to get your loved one to a comprehensive stroke center:
BE FAST if you see someone exhibiting the signs of a stroke


Balance loss


Eyesight changes


Face drooping


Arm weakness


Speech difficulty


Time to call emergency services

Browse common questions about stroke and stroke recovery

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