Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: January 8, 2008
Sen. Todd Lamb
Sen. Andrew Rice
Senate Leaders Promote Stroke Education Program
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Oklahoma and the
leading cause of adult disabilities. That’s why Senate Health
and Human Services Committee Co-Chairs Todd
Lamb and Andrew
Rice are urging Oklahomans to take advantage of a program to
better educate citizens about how to identify and help stroke victims.
“About 800 Oklahomans have strokes every single month, and
that isn’t even counting patients in veteran or Indian Health
Service hospitals. Being able to tell when a person may be having
a stroke and making sure they get medical attention immediately
can literally mean the difference between life and death,”
said Lamb, R-Edmond. “That’s why we want to let people
know about the State Health Department’s Act FAST! campaign.”
FAST! stands for Face droop, Arm drift down, Speech Slurred and
Time to call 911. The campaign is a statewide effort developed by
the Oklahoma State Stroke Systems Advisory Committee and the Oklahoma
State Health Department. The Health Department has an Act Fast!
kit which includes a three-minute animated DVD, posters, FAQs and
other material to help teach people how to read the signs of a stroke
and what to do.
“In 1998, Oklahoma ranked 16th in the nation for stroke deaths.
By just 2001, we were 10th highest. By 2004, we were 6th highest
in the nation for stroke deaths,” said Rice, D-Oklahoma City.
“The tragedy is, because folks don’t understand the
warning signs, people are dying or becoming permanently disabled.
Clearly, we need to do a better job of educating Oklahomans about
stroke. The Act FAST! campaign can help us save lives and prevent
or reduce life-long disabilities.”
Rice and Lamb urged families, civic organizations, churches and
other groups to take advantage of the free program by calling 1-888-669-5934
for an Act FAST! toolkit.
For more information contact:
Senator Lamb's Office - (405) 521-5632
Senator Rice's Office - (405) 521-5610