'Hercules' Star Kevin Sorbo Knows Stroke Strikes the Young 10/29/12
MONDAY, Oct. 29 (HealthDay News) -- If Hercules can have a
stroke, it means anyone can have one.
Kevin Sorbo, who starred in the television series
Hercules, was only 38 when he suffered three strokes. It was
a difficult way to learn that a stroke can strike anyone at any
Sorbo shared his story as a way to boost stroke awareness on
World Stroke Day, Oct. 29.
The strokes occurred 15 years ago, in 1997, but Sorbo has only
recently talked about them publicly.
"Like my character, Hercules, I thought I was invincible," Sorbo said in an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association news release. "There are many myths and misconceptions about stroke. As a survivor, I have learned that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable."
Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and a
leading cause of severe, long-term disability. But knowing the
warning signs of stroke leads to quick treatment that reduces the
risk of death or disability.
Even though 795,000 Americans have a stroke each year, only 63
percent of adults can name one or more stroke warning signs,
according to a 2011 American Stroke Association survey.
The association says an easy way to recognize the sudden signs
of stroke is to remember F.A.S.T.:
- Face drooping.Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
Ask the person to smile.
- Arm weakness.Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to
raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech difficulty.Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to
speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple
sentence like: "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated
- Time to call 911.If the person shows any of these symptoms,
even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get the person to the
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