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Be smart about strokes

Did you know…

That a stroke happens every 40 seconds in this country?

That every year 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke?

One in six people will have a stroke in his/her lifetime?

These stroke statistics may be startling, but it is the reality we face. It’s important to understand your stroke risks, the signs of a stroke and what you can do to protect your life as well as the lives of those you love.

Risk factors that can be changed, treated or controlled

  • High blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Carotid or other artery disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Heart disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity and obesity

Risk factors that can’t be changed

  • Age: After age 55, the risk of having a stroke doubles for each decade
  • Family history
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Prior stroke or heart attack

Signs and symptoms of a stroke

At Sanford Health, we want to make sure you know the signs and symptoms of a stroke and what to do if one occurs.

The first thing to do is act B.E.F.A.S.T.

Many worry about calling 911 and bothering people if they aren’t sure something is wrong. But when it comes to a stroke, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Our experts are here

Sanford has teams of experienced, highly trained staff who offer that latest in stroke screening and treatments to help protect your health or even save your life.

If you are age 40 or older, a great way to check for risk factors is to have a vascular screen. It only costs you $50 and is available in Sioux Falls, Fargo, Aberdeen, Vermillion and on our mobile screening unit.

An in the event a stroke occurs, we have comprehensive interventional stroke care, allowing you trusted, precise life-saving stroke care that provides better outcomes and a faster recovery.

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What Happens During a Stroke?

American Stroke Association

Sanford One Connect
Rural hospitals across Sanford’s footprint have access to emergent stroke care via telemedicine. TeleStroke is offered by Sanford’s telemedicine (One Connect) service and virtually connects rural locations with a Sanford neurologist to help diagnose and treat stroke symptoms quickly. Learn more about our One Connect Service by clicking here.

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