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    Act F.A.S.T. for National Stroke Awareness Month

    Published on May 5, 2016 By Susan Maynard, MS, RN-BC, CCNS, CCRN-CMC, stroke nurse coordinator, Mount Nittany Medical Center

    On average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds in our country. Because May is recognized as National Stroke Awareness Month, now is a great time to think about stroke and its risk factors. A stroke occurs when vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain are cut off. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America, and can happen to anyone at any time. When a blood clot blocks an artery, or a blood vessel breaks, blood flow to the brain is interrupted, brain cells begin to be affected, and brain damage occurs. As brain cells die during a stroke, abilities such as speech, movement, and memor...

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