Stroke Community Education

Stroke Community Education

Stroke Community Education

Recognize the Signs of a Stroke

Did you know that stroke is the leading cause of preventable disability and the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States? Multiple research studies have determined that acting fast can help patients have better outcomes, so it is extremely important to recognize the signs of a stroke and call 9-1-1 if you suspect that one is occurring.


BEFAST was developed by Intermountain Healthcare, as an adaptation of the FAST model implemented by the American Stroke Association. Reproduced with permission from Intermountain Healthcare. © 2011 Intermountain Healthcare. All rights reserved.

Stroke by the numbers

  • Each year, 795,000 people in the United States suffer a new or recurrent stroke
  • 37 percent of Americans cannot accurately name any of the stroke warning signs
  • 66 percent of the time, someone other than the person having a stroke calls 9-1-1 on their behalf

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital care about the community and want to help decrease the burden of stroke. Time is brain, and the faster a person can be treated for stroke, the better chance there is of a more complete recovery. Calling 9-1-1 and getting to the hospital quickly are the best ways to get treatment as fast as possible.

For more information on how to spot a stroke, as well as lifestyle changes to prevent stroke, please contact Keely Buffo, stroke education coordinator at, or call 630.933.6881.