|BE AWARE OF STROKE SYMPTOMS DURING MAY, NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH|
|May 23, 2018|
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, destroying millions of valuable nerve cells within minutes.
If you suspect a stroke, remember the word FAST – F-A-S-T. F is for face - is your face drooping? A is for arms – can you lift both arms? S is for speech – are you slurring your words and T is for time, call 9-1-1 immediately because with stroke, time is brain.
“Time is crucial in the treatment of stroke, as on average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke and roughly every four minutes someone dies from a stroke,” said Lt. Ed Ludwig, EMS Coordinator for the Manhattan Fire Protection District. “The earlier a stroke is recognized and the patient receives medical attention, the greater chance of recovery.”
The primary stroke symptoms include:
• Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the face or facial drooping
Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. According to the American Stroke Association, approximately 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke each year, and 87 percent of these are ischemic strokes. An acute ischemic stroke occurs when an obstruction, such as a blood clot, blocks blood flow to the brain. The obstruction deprives the brain of blood and oxygen, destroying valuable nerve cells in the affected area within minutes. The resulting damage can lead to significant disability including paralysis, speech problems and emotional difficulties. Treatment may be available if you get to the emergency room immediately upon recognition of stroke symptoms. Leading a healthy lifestyle, including lowering risk factors like high blood pressure and weight, can also help reduce your stroke risk.
|Hyperlinks:||Stroke Awareness Information
American Stroke Association