Know Stroke!
-- 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.
-- 795,000 people in the U.S. suffer strokes each year
-- Strokes are responsible for 133,000 deaths each year
-- Stroke kills more than twice as many American women every year compared with breast cancer deaths
-- More women die than men from stroke
-- Women suffer greater disability after stroke than men
-- Incidence of stroke among African Americans is nearly double that of Caucasians
-- Incidence of stroke among Hispanic Americans is higher than that of Caucasians

Lifestyle Changes
-- Keep blood pressure controlled
-- Avoid all tobacco products and second-hand smoke
-- Eat healthy diets containing 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day
-- Exercise, be active!
-- Lose excess weight
-- Keep cholesterol controlled (ideal LDL <100mg/dl)
-- Reduce sugar intake/ control diabetes

Recognize Stroke Symptoms (F.A.S.T.= Face, Arms, Speech, Time)
-- Sudden and severe headache
-- Sudden vision changes or difficulty seeing out of one or both eyes
-- Sudden dizziness or difficulty walking
-- Sudden confusion or difficulty speaking
-- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg

Remember, ANY age group is at risk!

CALL 911 IF YOU SEE ANY OF THESE SIGNS!

TIME IS BRAIN. EVERY MINUTE COUNTS!

Physician's Regional Healthcare System - Pine Ridge is the only Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Southwest Florida.