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May celebrated as American Stroke Month


In celebration of May being American Stroke Month, the American Heart Association is asking people to learn two things that could help save their life or someone else’s: know if you’re at risk of stroke, and know stroke warning signs.

According to the association, stroke is the “No. 1 preventable cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.” A main risk factor is high blood pressure.

Looking for signs and/or symptoms, the American Heart Association encourages people to use the FAST approach:

n F — face drooping.

n A — arm weakness.

n S — speech difficulty.

n T — time to call 911 if signs/ symptoms are seen.

For more information, visit the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, at

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