Here’s a fact: Stroke threatens millions of lives. Here’s another: Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disabilities. Ready for one more? Strokes are largely preventable, treatable, and beatable. In fact, 80% of all strokes can be prevented. Now that’s a healthy, do-good goal we think we all agree matters. It’s actually Stroke Awareness Month, so we thought we’d do our part to spread the word on what we can do to help ourselves, or anyone in our community, beat strokes. This week, it’s time to KNOW THE FACTS. Here’s a quick first step: Learn how to spot someone having a stroke and how to take action by memorizing the acronym F.A.S.T.: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to get immediate medical attention (call 911). Got that? Sweet. You’re now a Stroke Hero ready to come to the rescue and, by doing so, immediately reducing the risk of long-term stroke damage. Now, on the flipside, our general health and stroke prevention just takes some healthy actions, like going in for routine check-ups, checking our blood pressure and keeping it under control, not smoking, eating right, and yes, moving our body. Sound easy? We agree. So really, people, let’s just do our part. Knowing the facts matters.

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