Did you know
A STROKE is typically caused by a blood clot blocking an artery that supplies the brain of oxygen and nutrients. As soon as this happens the area of the brain served by this artery starts dying. This progressive cell death is what causes the symptoms you may see, for example:
When this happens , the most important thing to do is to STAY CALM AND ACT FAST BY DIALING 911. The ambulance services will take the suspected stroke patient to a hospital that can remove the clot and open up the artery where applicable thereby limiting further damage to the brain. The faster this is done the higher the likelyhood of full recovery.
Just like we will never consider taking a mom that is about to deliver a baby to an eye hospital, we should only take suspected stroke patients to hospitals that are "Stroke Ready“.
Not all hospitals are organised and equipped to deal with stroke patients. It is not feasible to expect the general population to know which hospitals are “Stroke Ready“ so for this reason the best thing to do is to call 911. Emergency Medical Services are trained to know where to take suspected stroke patients.
As the FAST HEROES it is our mission to educate the world about the symptoms of stroke and that they can save a life by calling 911 instead of seeking help elsewhere.
We believe that everyone, young and old, should know who the evil Clot is, why he is so dangerous, and how to best fight him. The website has been designed to educate and entertain while teaching families what the symptoms of stroke by linking them to the Emergency number 911 and how to act if they ever come across them.