Strokes, or brain attacks, are an epidemic in the United States. Every 40 seconds, someone experiences a stroke, and every four minutes, someone dies from one. When a stroke strikes, brain cells begin dying within minutes. Fast medical treatment is imperative for the best chance of recovery. Northside Hospital created this infographic to help you understand the signs of strokes and explain what you can do to reduce your risk of having one. Our St. Petersburg hospital is designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration, has Primary Stroke Center certification from the Joint Commission, and has received the Gold Plus Achievement Award for Stroke Care from the American Heart Association. Please share this life-saving information with your family and friends, and come to our emergency room at the first sign of a stroke.