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May is Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month. The latest statistics regarding stroke are alarming:

  • Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke.

  • Every 4 minutes, someone in the United States dies from a stroke.

  • Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States and is the leading cause of disability.

  • According to the World Health Organization, 15 million people suffer stroke worldwide each year. Of these, 5 million die and another 5 million are permanently disabled.

The National Stroke Association is showcasing the top 10 modifiable risk factors associated with stroke. Modifiable means you have the ability to improve (“modify”) or change a certain risk factor, versus nonmodifiable risk factors (such as age, nationality, and gender). Research has shown that approximately 90% of all strokes are somehow related to these 10 modifiable risk factors; hence, much opportunity exists to reduce your risk of stroke:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

  • Physical inactivity

  • High blood lipid (fats) level

  • Poor diet

  • Obesity

  • Smoking

  • Heart related causes (heart disease)

  • Alcohol intake

  • Stress

  • Diabetes

In the event that you experience signs of a stroke, it is imperative to call emergency medical services in your area to get to a treatment hospital as soon as possible. Time is brain, and lifesaving medical interventions increase your survival rate, as well as dramatically reduce the possibility of long term disability.

  • Stroke symptoms may include:

  • weakness/numbness on one side of the body

  • sudden confusion/ trouble understanding

  • trouble talking

  • dizziness, loss of balance, or trouble walking

  • trouble seeing out of one or both eyes

  • double vision

  • severe headache

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