May is National Stroke Awareness Month
5 things you should know about Stroke:
Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Fortunately, stroke is largely treatable if stroke patients receive rapid access to stroke care.
It’s important to know the stroke warning signs and the risk factors of stroke. Join the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in the effort to teach all Americans when to respond fast to a stroke and 5 important facts you should know about
1.) EVEN SUPERHEROES ARE IN DANGER. Stroke risk increases with age, but young adults, children,
and even babies in the womb can suffer strokes.
2.) HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS STROKE’S PUBLIC ENEMY #1. About three out of four people who
suffer first strokes have high blood pressure.
3.) ANYONE CAN HAVE A STROKE, BUT SOME ARE AT INCREASED RISK. African Americans have
nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than Caucasians.
4.) STROKE IS LARGELY TREATABLE. Clot-busting drugs and medical devices have made stroke largely treatable, but every second counts. The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover without permanent disability.
5.) FRIENDS USUALLY SAVE FRIENDS FROM STROKE. Learn to recognize the warning signs of stroke FAST.
F – Face drooping
A – Arm weakness
S – Speech difficulty
T – Time to call 911
Download the infographic for the 5 things everyone should know about stroke!
Go to StrokeAssociation.org/StrokeHero to learn ways you can get involved.