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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

  • Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, most days.

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.

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