Stroke is South Carolina's third biggest killer.

  • 2,819 - The number of people who died from stroke in South Carolina in 2018.
  • 16,882 - The number of hospitalizations for stroke in South Carolina in 2018.
  • $1.1 billion - The total hospitalization charges due to stroke in South Carolina in 2018.

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.

Warning signs of a stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Act Fast. Call 9-1-1!

  • If you think you're having a stroke, call 9-1-1 right away - not a friend.
  • Calling 9-1-1 is the best way to get to the hospital.
  • Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin life-saving treatment immediately.
  • You're likely to receive faster treatment at the hospital if you arrive by ambulance.
  • Never drive yourself or have someone drive you to the hospital unless you have no other option.

Reduce your stroke risk:

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