Stroke Symptoms

Wisconsin's Leader in Stroke Education

Understanding StrokeFewer than one in five Americans can identify even one stroke symptom. That’s why Aurora Health Care is asking people to learn F.A.S.T.!

F = Face (Ask a person to smile. Does one side of the face sag or droop?)

A = Arms (Ask a person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?)

S = Speech (Ask the person to repeat a single sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

T = Time (If you observe any of the above signs, call 911 or get to the nearest primary stroke center or hospital

The Crucial Timing of Stroke

  • Every 45 seconds someone in America has a stroke
  • In one second 32,000 brain cells die
  • In one minute 2 million brain cells die
  • Nearly 700,000 Americans will have a new or recurrent stroke this year and over 163,000 of them will die (making it the third leading cause of death in the USA)
  • Every year there are approximately 266,000 stroke survivors with permanent disabilities leading to approximately 30,000 new permanent admissions to nursing homes

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