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Everyone should know the warning signs of a stroke. This “Act F.A.S.T.” checklist can help:
Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop, or is it numb?
Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one drift downward?
Speech trouble: Is speech slurred or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence and note if it’s repeated the right way.
Time to call 9-1-1: Get help if any of these symptoms affect you or someone else – even if the symptoms go away.
For 50 years, South Carolina has had the highest stroke death rate in the U.S. For African-Americans, the death rate from strokes is even higher than in other groups.
Some people call stroke a “brain attack.” A stroke happens when a blood vessel to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. Without blood flowing to the brain, it will start to die.
If someone has a stroke because of a clot, doctors may be able to stop the damage. But the patient must get care quickly at a hospital that treats strokes. That is why it is vital to call for emergency help.
Reduce your stroke risk
MUSC is certified to give emergency help for strokes. It is also one of the very best hospitals in the country to get care after a stroke.
Learn more about strokes and MUSC’s Comprehensive Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center.