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Thu May 1, 2014

May is National Stroke Awareness month and the DuPage County Health Department is urging residents to learn about stroke warning signs and risk factors.

Stroke contributes to one death every 4 minutes in the United States, making stroke the 4th leading cause of death in our country, yet most people in the United States cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors. Many strokes - some studies indicate that up to 80 percent - can be prevented through risk factor management.

The Health Department urges more public awareness of warning signs and risk factors. Public awareness of stroke has not improved during the past five years, but May is a time to change this startling statistic.

Use FAST to remember the warning signs of stroke:

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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