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. Learn more from these important stroke facts:
- 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. We are happy to answer any questions you have about these stroke facts as well as our home care services in Gaithersburg and the surrounding areas. Please reach out to us today!