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