Stroke is the sixth leading cause of death in Spokane County. Modifying risk factors for stroke can greatly reduce the risk of having a stroke and the severity of its outcomes. Risk factors for stroke, such as physical inactivity, hypertension, and smoking are also risk factors for other chronic health conditions.
Signs & Symptoms of a Stroke
Spokane or Washington Specific Data
If you see someone with any of the above symptoms:
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone else has any of these symptoms.
- Acting F.A.S.T. Is Key for Stroke
- Acting F.A.S.T. can help stroke patients get the treatments they desperately need. The most effective stroke treatments are only available if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within 3 hours of the first symptoms. Stroke patients may not be eligible for the most effective treatments if they don’t arrive at the hospital in time.
- If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T.1 and do the following simple test:
- F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
- T—Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Note the time when any symptoms first appear. Some treatments for stroke only work if given in the first 3 hours after symptoms appear. Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.
Tips for stroke prevention:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Do physical exercise and be active
- Don’t smoke
- Limit alcohol use
- Prevent or treat other health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of adult disability. About 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year.
CDC Stroke Fact Sheet