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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and Georgia sits in the heart of the nation's Stroke belt.

Every year, 795,000 Americans suffer strokes. Tuesday, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital gave nurses and visitors a glimpse into the challenges those patients face.

Nurses put weights on their legs, tied down their dominant arm making it unusable, and stuffed marshmallows in their mouths to affect their speech. Then they tried to perform everyday tasks. It gave many a new perspective on strokes while reminding them of the warning signs.

"It was very hard to try to do just basic daily stuff like getting dressed, opening pill bottles," said Kimberly Bartlett, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital RN

"Fast, Face, Arms, Speech, T meaning time, we want to get them, call 911 and get them to the EC as fast as possible," said Lisa Jenkins, RN/BSN Nurse Educator.

Nurses say a stroke is often preventable if you watch your blood pressure, cut back on heavy alcohol use, control your Cholesterol, and don't smoke.

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