MAY 2015: STROKE AWARENESS MONTH
The month of May recognizes a few topics that are relevant to the "Elder" community. We will profile STROKE AWARENESS. Hope you find this information helpful and you learn something new. If you or a loved one needs assistance in your home, call ElderCaring for the perfect caregiver!
WHAT IS A STROKE?
A stroke is a "brain attack". It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.
How a person is affected by their stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged. For example, someone who had a small stroke may only have minor problems such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg. People who have larger strokes may be permanently paralyzed on one side of their body or lose their ability to speak. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than 2/3 of survivors will have some type of disability.
While stroke prevention and treatment research is ongoing, the most important things you can do now is know the symptoms and fight as many of the risk factors as you can.
Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke.
One out of 6 people will suffer a stroke in his or her lifetime.
Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the U.S.
American Stroke Month is a yearly opportunity to make more people aware that stroke threatens millions of American lives, young and old, male and female, from every background.
Stroke is preventable, treatable and beatable if spotted F.A.S.T. and 911 called.
A= arm weakness
S= speech difficulty
T= time to call 911
Beyond F.A.S.T.-- other symptoms you should know: sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, arm or face; sudden confusion or trouble understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; sudden severe headache with no known cause.
If someone shows any of these symptoms, immediately call 911! Note the tome of the first symptom. This information is important and can affect treatment decisions.