The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment encourages residents to learn the signs of a stroke and take steps to prevent a medical emergency from happening in the first place.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, which highlights the importance of knowing the signs of a stroke. The acronym FAST – Fallen face; Weakness of the arm; Speech difficulty; Time to call 911: Used to identify if someone may have a stroke.
Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and one of the leading causes of severe disability. One person dies of a stroke every four minutes.
They can be prevented and treated normally through a healthy diet, regular exercise, avoiding smoking and properly managing other health conditions.
The stroke rate in Weld County has declined in the last five years. The 2016 rate of 32.5 deaths per 100,000 population dropped to approximately 27.5 deaths per 100,000 in 2020.
Women should be especially aware of the risk, according to the health department, as 57% of people who die from a stroke are women and often have worse outcomes after experiencing one.
More information on stroke prevention can be found at www.weldhealth.org or at www.cdc.gov/stroke/.