UI Health Stroke Institute
Every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke, the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Knowing the warning signs can help save the life of someone you love.
UI Health is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center with a team of physicians from several disciplines working together to provide the highest level of stroke treatment 24/7.
Am I at Risk for Stroke?
Many people think a stroke only affects the elderly, a common misconception. It can happen to anyone, at any time, regardless of age, gender, or race. However, up to 80% of strokes are preventable. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle plays a big role in stroke prevention, as common risk factors for stroke include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Inactive lifestyle
Time Saved = Brain Saved
For every minute that a stroke goes untreated, 2 million neurons in the brain die, increasing the chances of long-term damage. The sooner you get to the hospital and the sooner you get intervention, the faster the recovery.
If you develop or see someone developing symptoms suggestive of a stroke - even if there is no pain - you have to think F.A.S.T.
- Face - Uneven smile
- Arm - Arm weakness or numbness
- Speech - Slurred speech or difficulty talking
- Time - You have to act quickly - call 911 immediately