Stroke poses a serious risk for many Americans ? and too few people are able to recognize the early symptoms, even though time is an essential factor in both surviving a stroke and recovering from one. The more you know about stroke, the better your chances of both preventing one ? and recognizing symptoms quickly enough to save someone?s life and minimize the damaging effects.
- Each year, over 795,000 people in the US suffer a stroke; that?s one every 40 seconds.
- One American dies from a stroke every four minutes, killing almost 140,000 people each year.
- The 5th leading cause of death in the United States is stroke.
- Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability, reducing mobility in over half of survivors 65 and older in the US.
- Individuals who get emergency care within three hours of initial symptoms suffer less disability than those who delay treatment.
- Almost one out of four strokes occur in individuals who have previously suffered a stroke.
- As many as 34% of those hospitalized for stroke are under 65 years of age.
- Approximately 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes, in which the blood flow to the brain is cut off or blocked.
- The risk of having a stroke is almost twice as high for African Americans as for Caucasians.
- A person loses as many as 2 million brains cells a minute during a stroke, and the faster emergency care is received, the better the chances for recovery.
- As few as 30% of people are aware of all the major symptoms of a stroke and is able to recognize them in time to get emergency treatment.
When it comes to stroke, remember to BE FAST!
B ? Balance
E ? Eyes
F ? Face
A ? Arm
S ? Speech
T ? Time to call 911
If you are someone else is experiencing sudden, severe onset of problems with any of these elements, you need to call 911 or get them to a hospital. Immediately.
And if you or a loved one has experienced a stroke and needs help with recovery, the caring staff of Specialty Care Services offers in-home care, caregiver support services, and many personal care services that can make life after stroke easier. Please reach out today for more information.