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Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke

Posted at 1:55 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 15:55:24-04

Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke, that's about 800,000 people each year.

Every three minutes 42 seconds someone dies of stroke.

May is Stroke Awareness Month and we talked with Jennifer Majersik, M.D., Division Chief of Vascular Neurology at University of Utah Health and stroke survivor Tim Gamble.

University of Utah Health is proud to be the American Stroke Association's Together to End Stroke sponsor and they're part of the upcoming CycleNation event which raises awareness of stroke and funds for lifesaving research.

Tim had a stroke at age 25, so he is proof that strokes can happen at any age.

They talked about the common warning signs of stroke. To remember the stroke warning signs, remember the acronym F.A.S.T.

Face Drooping - Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
Arm Weakness - Is one arm weak or numb?
Speech Difficulty - Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand?
Time to Call 9-1-1 - If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Not all strokes can be prevented. But, up to 80 percent may be by not smoking, making healthy food choices, getting enough physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight and treating conditions such as high blood sugar, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

David is an avid cyclist who rides his recumbent bicycle on local trails and more. He will be joining the American Stroke Association for CycleNation! This year it's being done virtually. The 3rd Annual Utah CycleNation is Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. You can join from home!

To sign up and to learn more information please visit: