World Stroke Day – Why Everyone Should Know About This Condition

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Today, October 29, marks World Stroke Day. In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, one of those people dies. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America, and the number one preventable cause of disability. The worldwide statistics are similarly striking: 15 million people experience a stroke each year, and 6 million of them do not survive.

African-Americans are at an even higher risk for stroke.

Can you recognize the signs of a stroke? Would you know what to do in a stroke emergency? The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have teamed up to create and spread the word of the ‘Together to End Stroke’ Initiative through F.A.S.T. – which will help us all learn what to look for and what to do in case of a stroke:

FFace (face drooping on one side of the body)

AArm (arm weakness on one side of the body)

SSpeech (speech difficulty)

TTime (time to call 911)

For more information, visit Special thanks to the Ad Council for providing us with resources and info.


Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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