Strokes are one of the leading causes of death in the country, with one person dying from a stroke every 40 seconds. Danielle Pettit-Majewski, Washington County Public Health Director, states it is important to know the symptoms. She says to keep in mind the term “fast”, F – facing drooping, A – arm weakness, S – slurred speech, T – time counts, so call 911 as soon as possible. A stroke happens when blood supply to the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures, causing the brain tissue to die. Pettit-Majewski recommends that everyone see their primary care provider annually to get blood pressure checked, keep weight under control and maintain an exercise routine.