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.
stroke, public health, community and preventative health, older adults
Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Gerontology | Public Health Education and Promotion
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The authors thank Sandy Lane (Syracuse University Falk College Department of Public Health) and Wesley Carter (Assistant Director of Emergency Medical Science Programs and IAED instructor) for topic setup; Shannon Monnat (Lerner Center Director) for helpful feedback and edits on previous drafts; and the Lerner Center staff for publication and dissemination efforts.
Helander, Mary E.; Appiah, Bernard; and Mutambudzi, Miriam, "Stroke: Identifying Symptoms and Acting Fast to Save Lives and Prevent Permanent Disabilities" (2021). Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: Population Health Research Brief Series. 123.
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