Hospitalizations and deaths from stroke continue to decrease since 2001. However, stroke is still the fifth leading cause of death in rural counties of Missouri. As an acquired brain injury, stroke can affect memory, thinking and reasoning, visual perception, balance and emotions of the injured person. Sudden signs of a stroke are face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty.
The death rate from stroke is higher in rural counties of Missouri (45.40 per 100,000 rural Missouri residents compared to 41.61 for urban residents during the period 2007 through 2017). Learn more.
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the signs of a stroke.
Face Drooping – Is one side of the face drooping or is the smile uneven?
Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Can the person raise his or her arms? Is one arm hanging downward?
Speech Difficulty – Is the person able to answer simple questions? Does the person have slurred speech?
Time to call 9-1-1 – If the person shows any of these symptoms, call for emergency assistance immediately. Check the time to report when the symptoms were first noticed. Learn more.
A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack or an acquired brain injury, occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Following a stroke, physical challenges can include paralysis, seizures, spasticity and fatigue. Communication is also impacted as well as changes in mood, outlook and emotional health. These challenges are similar to TBI, as each brain injury is traumatic. Learn more now.
The Missouri AgrAbility Project serves farmers with disabilities from stroke, traumatic brain injury or other disability or chronic disease. Learn more.
For more information, contact the Brain Injury Association of Missouri for support, education, recreation and advocacy at www.biamo.org or 800-444-6443.
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