Stroke: Identifying Symptoms and Acting Fast to Save Lives and Prevent Permanent Disabilities

Mary E. Helander
Bernard Appiah
Miriam Mutambudzi

Description/Abstract

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. Strokes and their long-term effects are preventable. Recognizing the symptoms of stroke and acting quickly can prevent death and minimize long-term disabilities. Family members and bystanders have an important role to play. This issue brief describes stroke symptoms and prevention guidelines, summarizes the information 9-1-1 callers should be prepared to provide when someone is having a stroke, and discusses the importance of acting quickly to save lives and long-term damage.