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Strokes can affect anyone. There are several factors that increase your chances of having a stroke (i.e. obesity, inactivity, excessive drinking, smoking, etc.); however, did you know that many people who have suffered from a stroke are able to recover quite well in the event that someone recognizes the symptoms and acts quickly?

If you see signs of a stroke, remember to act FAST.

  • Face: is their face drooping?
  • Arms: can they raise their arms?
  • Speech: can they speak properly or are their words slurred?
  • Time: call 9-1-1 immediately!

The key is to act fast as time is a critical factor when someone is suffering from a stroke. In the end, we can’t control all factors that might lead to a stroke; however, one factor we can control is our level of physical activity (i.e. exercise). Living an active and healthy lifestyle will help reduce your risk of a variety of health issues, including heart disease and stroke.

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