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    Pediatric Strokes Are Real

    WHAT IS A PEDIATRIC STROKE?

    A pediatric stroke is no different than an adult stroke, other than the age group it affects.  It occurs when the blood flow to any part of the brain of a child (0 – 18 years of age) or unborn is interrupted, resulting in tissue injury and the loss of brain function. 

    Two major forms of strokes or “brain attacks” can occur in the human body, an Ischemic Stroke and a Hemorrhagic Stroke. An Ischemic Stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain; and a hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel ruptures, which disrupts blood flow to a particular area of the brain. When either of these two forms of strokes occurs, brain cells begin to die and brain damage is the result. 

    When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. These abilities include on, vision, motor skills, and memory. How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and the extent to which the brain is damaged.
     

    KNOW THE FACTS!

    Stroke occurs in an estimated 1 out of every 4,000 live births, and the rate of stroke from birth through the age of 18 is nearly 11 per 100,000 children per year.  In fact, stroke is one the top 10 causes of death for children, and those who will potentially experience a life-time of mental and physical challenges. So, join us in our effort, as we work relentlessly to raise pediatric stroke awareness for the purpose of saving innocent lives and reducing these alarming statistics affecting our precious children. 

     

     

    KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS

    Understanding the warning signs of a stroke is key to saving the life of an innocent child as well as minimizing the probability of experiencing a life-time of mental and physical challenges.   

    Follow the F.A.S.T. system to increase the probability of identifying when a stroke has occurred, so that a child who has suffered this unfortunate event can receive adequate medical attention within the ideal window of opportunity.  Click Here to download and print your F.A.S.T. card today!   
     

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    FACE
    Ask the child to smile.
    Does one side of the face droop?
    ARMS
    Ask the child to raise both hands.
    Does one arm remain down?
    SPEECH
    Ask the child to repeat a phrase.
    Is the child's speech slurred?
    TIME
    Call 911 immediately if any of the previous symptoms are identified.

     

    WHAT IS A PEDIATRIC STROKE?

     

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