Stroke Prevention – Every Second Matters

On March 2, 2011 by Jake

Unknown to most individuals, holidays can cause a spike in the incidence of a stroke, which is a prolonged deficiency in blood supply to the brain. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America, killing about 137,000 people each year, and a leading cause of long-term disability for adults.

  • According to the National Stroke Association, it is estimated that approximately 795,000 strokes will occur this year.
  • This number is estimated to rise to more than 1 million by 2015.
  • About 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.
  • African Americans are almost twice as likely to suffer from a stroke.

It is estimated that approximately two-thirds of them are new, but the rest are recurrent strokes. Having a stroke creates a greater risk for another stroke.

Within 5 years of having a stroke, the risk of having another stroke increases by about 40%.

The good news is that 80% of strokes are preventable. Every minute during a stroke is critical. Two million brain cells die each minute, so the risk of permanent damage, disability or death increase by the minute

Quick Onset The Need For Immediate Respons
Few people know the symptoms of a stroke. Knowing them and recognizing them could save your life or that of a loved one.Here are the common symptoms:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg-usually one side of the body.
  • Severe headache with no apparent cause.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

If you or your loved one experience any of these symptoms, you may be having a stroke.

The National Stroke Association has come up with the acronym FAST, which stands for:

Stroke_Warning_Signs

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