Frontier Communications – the local Together to End Stroke cause sponsor – and the American Heart Association have teamed up to prevent, beat and treat stroke.
Throughout the year, we’re recognizing local Stroke Heroes. Stroke Heroes are stroke survivors, stroke caregivers, medical professional and researchers dedicated to saving lives from stroke, and bystander “heroes” who have successfully called 9-1-1 by recognizing the warning signs of a stroke.
To nominate someone for a Stroke Heroes Award, please send your story to TampaStrokeHeroes@heart.org.
Become a Stroke Hero at www.StrokeAssociation.org/StrokeHero.
You can become a Stroke Hero before you leave this page! Learn what F.A.S.T. stands for and share it with at least 5 people today.
- F - Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
- A - Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb?
- S - Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand?
- T - Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
Download the F.A.S.T. app today!
You don’t need superpowers to be a stroke hero, but you do need to pay attention to the risk factors and know the warning signs. Stroke is largely preventable and treatable.
Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the U.S.
- In the U.S., nearly 800,000 people have a stroke each year.
- Stroke causes nearly 130,000 deaths each year in the U.S.
- Stroke is the No. 2 killer in the world.
Most strokes are preventable.
- 80% of strokes are preventable.
- What’s good for your heart is good for your brain.
Stroke is largely treatable.
- The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover without permanent disability. Most patients must be evaluated and treated within 3 to 4.5 hours of symptom onset.
- Nearly 2 million brain cells die each minute a stroke goes untreated.