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Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Is "National Stroke Awareness Month'

Hello everyone,

I didn't want too many days of the month to go by without posting about this very thought worthy event. 

 May is " National Stoke Awareness Month "

In this day and age - Strokes can happen to anyone.  We need to be aware of the signs and educate others of the sign - because with quick medical attention we can lower the risk of disability and death.

About 795,000 people in the U.S. will have a stroke this year, that translates into one stoke every 40 seconds. Yet most people cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors and most of those strokes are preventable--some studies indicate that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.

. Did You Know?

· Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.
· Stroke is a leading cause of adult long-term disability.
· By 2030, it is estimated that 4 million people will have had a stroke. This is nearly 25 percent higher than 2010 estimates.
· Stroke is an emergency! It’s important to learn stroke warning signs and how to respond to them. If given within three hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

The National Stroke Association offers a Stroke Awareness Resource Center with free downloadable stroke education information, graphics and ways to get involved in raising awareness.

Use FAST to remember the warning signs of stroke:
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.



Brian said...

We did not know that was this month. Our Dad had a mini stroke when he was in his mid-40s and he said it was kind of scary.

Johanna said...

Hi Pellie and Ghenghis,
I hope your are all doing well. Thank you for the helpful advises. Its really important to know what to do inc ase of a stroke. Hope, that will never happen.
Best greetings, Johanna

Romeo said...

My dearest furiends, thank mew so much for this info. Very good to know and be reminded of. I think most people have someone they know who has had a stroke. I know we do. Knowing what to take note of may indeed help save a life.

Wishing you a wonderful, nappish type weekend!



Clipping Path said...

Such a poignant post and a beautiful photo to accompany it.