What is a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts.

When this happens, part of your brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and starts to die. If this lasts for long, it can cause permanent damage.


Did you know?

Stroke is South Carolina's 3rd biggest killer.

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Number of Death in SC

In 2015, more than 2,600 people have died from a stroke in South Carolina.

According to the CDC, South Carolina had the 7th highest mortality rate in the nation that year.

Number of treatments in SC

20,532 people were treated for stroke in South Carolina in 2015.

Out of those, 5,520 emergency department visits and 15,012 hospitalization discharges.

Costs in SC

Hospitalization costs due to stroke totaled more than $805 million in 2015 for South Carolina.

* SCDHEC. State of the Heart: Heart Disease in South Carolina. Retrieved from: http://www.scdhec.gov/Library/ML-002149.pdf

A Quick and Easy Way to Recognize the


The acronym FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke.


Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?

Signs of Stroke: Face

Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Signs of Stroke: Arms

Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

Signs of Stroke: Speech

If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, CALL 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the symptoms first appeared.

Signs of Stroke: Time