FAST Thinking: Stroke Awareness Month

In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. However, not all strokes are fatal and nearly 80 percent can be prevented. By becoming aware of the risk factors and signs of stroke, the effects can be minimized.

The leading risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, smoking tobacco, high cholesterol and being overweight. In addition to keeping these risk factors in mind, it is important to know the symptoms of stroke so that you can act FAST. This acronym will help you to remember the warning signs of stroke, F.A.S.T. stands for:


      Face: Drooping

      Arms: Inability to raise them

      Speech: Slurred or strange

      Time: Call 911 immediately

As residents of Georgia, a state that falls into the Stroke Belt, we are amongst the highest rates of stroke in the country. In an effort to not only prevent stroke, but to ensure that there is life afterwards, Gwinnett Medical Center is proud to offer many services to stroke patients and their families. With award-winning stroke care at both Gwinnett Medical Center-Lawrenceville and Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth, we provide care from the onset of stroke symptoms to rehabilitation after.

An exciting new addition to our stroke support services is our online support network, brought to you in partnership with the American Stroke Association. This online support network provides helpful information and access to people around the country who have also experienced a stroke. To learn more about the network or to join, click here.

To learn more about the stroke resources available at Gwinnett Medical Center, click here. 


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