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Published on May 01, 2013

May is Stroke Awareness Month

Grand Forks, ND – Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. It is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability. As a member of the National Stroke Association Stroke Center Network, Altru is encouraging the region to learn the signs and symptoms of stroke and how to react to a stroke during National Stroke Awareness Month.

“Stroke is a medical emergency,” states Dr. Matthew Roller, Altru neurologist. “The timely evaluation and treatment of stroke can minimize long-term neurological disabilities.” In fact, if treated within three hours of the first symptom, the effects of stroke can be greatly reduced.

Use FAST to remember the warning signs of stroke:

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

The National Stroke Association supports Altru Health System in our effort to educate the community and further our mission to improve health through reducing the incidence and impact of stroke.

About National Stroke Association

National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke. It is the only national organization in the U.S. that focuses 100 percent of its efforts on stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke. Visit for more information. 

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs more than 200 physicians and 3,800 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $400 million.