I am doing research for my radio show on Toginet, Thursdays at 11AM and thought I should share it with you. According to the CDC and prestigious hospitals 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. On average one person dies from a stroke every 4 minutes in the United States. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and THE leading cause of adult disability. According to researchers 25% to 40% develop some form of aphasia. A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel ruptures, causing brain tissue.
Time is of the essence, there is only a 3 hour time span to receive medication such as a TPA, to someone suffering from a stroke. Every second you wait for treatment the more brain cells die inflicting more disability. Remember the signs are sudden and debilitating. Sign of a stroke are:
> One side of the face drooping or feeling numb
> Weakness or numbness in one arm or leg
> Slurred speech or difficult to understand
> Sudden confusion
> Sudden loss of balance or coordination
> Sudden severe headache
When you see notice any of these symptoms — write the time of the onset the these symptoms and all 911 immediately, even if they go away after a few minutes, and tell the dispatcher the person is having a stroke. If the symptoms dissipate within a few minutes the person needs to be checked for a TIA or mini-stroke or warning of a stroke within several months. Preventative medicines after the TIA can be ordered to reduce the chance of a major stroke,
Stay healthy, Stay safe and Take care.