Blog 5/9/2017

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: May is National Stroke Awareness Month

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that nearly 800,000 Americans will suffer a stroke each year.

Being able to recognize a stroke when it’s happening can greatly increase a person’s odds of a better outcome.

When it comes to someone who has suffered a stroke, time is of the essence!

Time saved can mean the difference between a person being able to able to go home instead of going to a rehab facility.

Every minute in a situation of an acute stroke, you can lose about two million brain cells, every minute counts in recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke and getting treatment ASAP!

(Photo: New York Presbyterian)

All people need to remember ‘BE FAST.’

B = Balance – Is the person having trouble with balance?

E = Eyes – Is the person having visual problems?

F = Face – Is there droopiness in the face?

A = Arms – Is there any weakness in the arms or legs?

S = Speech – Is the person having difficulty speaking?

T = Time – Time to call 9-1-1.

A stroke occurs when there is a problem getting blood to the brain, either because of a blockage or a ruptured blood vessel. When this happens, the brain does not get enough oxygen, causing brain cells to die.

There are certain risk factors associated with stroke, including high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking and being overweight.

It’s important to get regular check-ups and report any symptoms or risk factors to your doctor.

A doctor can help evaluate your risk for developing stroke and help get any risk factors under control.

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