May is National Stroke Awareness Month

fast-strokemonthWhen it comes to stroke, every second counts! Nearly 2 million brain cells die each minute a stroke remains untreated.

Rapid access to medical treatment often times make the difference between full recovery and permanent disability.

Know the signs of a stroke and act F.A.S.T. (face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, Time to call 911 if someone is having a stroke.

The Facts:

  • Stroke can happen to anyone at any age.
  • 80% of all strokes are preventable.
  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of severe disability.
  • On average, one person dies from stroke every 4 minutes.
  • More than 795,000 people have a stroke each year in the U.S.
  • Stroke kills almost 130,000 of the 800,000 Americans who die of cardiovascular disease each year—that’s 1 out of every 19 deaths from all causes.

Prevent stroke by following the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Life’s Simple 7 tips:

  • Manage blood pressure
  • Control cholesterol
  • Reduce blood sugar
  • Get active
  • Eat eetter
  • Lose weight
  • Stop smoking

Dr. Michael Frankel’s Coverdell sory: Understanding Better Care for Stroke Patients