Important Facts for Stroke Awareness and Willingness to Call 911
DefinitionPercent of Utah adults who could identify 5 stroke warning signs and would call 911 if they thought someone was having a stroke.
NumeratorAll survey respondents aged 18 and over who correctly identified all 5 signs and symptoms of stroke and reported that they would call 911 if they thought someone was having a stroke.
DenominatorAll survey respondents aged 18 and over, except those whose answers were missing or refused.
Data Interpretation IssuesData are age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population. The confidence bounds are asymmetric.
Why Is This Important?Stroke is the third leading cause of death and disability in Utah and in the U.S. Stroke disability and deaths can be reduced if stroke signs and symptoms are recognized and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system is activated as quickly as possible. Early recognition and rapid response are important because early treatment of stroke may decrease brain damage and subsequent disability. The stroke warning signs are: -Sudden confusion or trouble speaking -Sudden numbness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side -Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes -Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance -Sudden severe headache with no known cause The Utah Department of Health Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (HDSPP) and its partners are working to improve public awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of calling 911.
Healthy People Objective HDS-17.1:Increase the proportion of adults who are aware of the early warning symptoms and signs of a stroke and the importance of accessing rapid emergency care by calling 911 or another emergency number
U.S. Target: 56.4 percent