National Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Below are some facts about strokes. 

What is a Stroke? 

A stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. A stroke happens when a blood vessel carrying nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this happens, the brain cannot get the nutrients it needs, so its cells begin to die. A stroke involving a blockage is called an ischemic stroke. A stroke involving a rupture is called a hemorrhagic stroke. 

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Information Courtesy of the American Stroke Association

Stroke Statistics

  • Every year in the U.S., more that 790,000 people have a stroke
    • For about 610,000 people, this is their first one
  • Strokes kill about 140,000 Americans each year
    • To break it down, that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths
  • Someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds
    • Every 4 minutes, someone dies of a stroke
  • Strokes cost the United States about $34 billion each year

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Information Courtesy of the CDC

Stroke Signs and Symptoms

  • Face Drooping
  • Arm Weakness 
  • Speech Difficulty
  • Sudden Confusion 
  • Sudden Numbness in Face, Arms, or Legs
  • Sudden Trouble Seeing Out of One or Both Eyes
  • Sudden Trouble Walking
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of Balance
  • Sudden Severe Headache

If these symptoms happen, CALL 911!

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Information Courtesy of the American Stroke Association 

Stroke Prevention

  • Healthy Diet
  • Healthy Weight
  • Physical Activity
  • No Smoking
  • Limited Alcohol

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Information Courtesy of the CDC