May is National Stroke month- why should you care? Well anyone can have a stroke! Although 80% are preventable, the numbers for strokes are staggering (American Heart Association):
- “Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke
- One out of six people will suffer a stroke in his or her lifetime
- Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States
- Stroke is the No. #5 cause of death in the United States “
Got your attention?
As in most emergencies time to action can make all the difference. Time delay is brain cells lost! Experts use the numbers ‘2 million brain cells die for every minute of delayed stroke care’ Death, serious handicaps, and permanent disabilities can result.
Experts use 2-3 hours as time from onset of symptoms (loss of abilities such as speech, movement) to receiving treatment. Learn to recognize sign symptoms and that action steps, odds are you can help someone or even yourself!
??Sadly although strokes are ‘largely treatable’ some despite perfect conditions are not.