May 4, 2010

Stroke

Today I took care of a lovely elderly woman who had suffered her second stroke in 2 weeks. Her daughter was at her side and I saw the pain in her eyes as she tried desperately to communicate with her Mom. Watching someone you love go through this difficult heath crisis is heart breaking. 
May is National Stroke awareness month. Every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke. Every 3.1 minutes, someone dies of one. Each year, about 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks. Stroke is the third leading cause of death, ranking behind diseases of the heart and all forms of cancer. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.
Knowing the symptoms of a stroke can save your life or the life of someone you love.
  • sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • sudden confusion, trouble speaking or 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

    Stroke Facts:
    -Strokes can—and do—occur at ANY age. Nearly one quarter of strokes occur in people under the age of 65.
    -The risk of ischemic stroke in current smokers is about double that of nonsmokers after adjustment for other risk factors.
    -High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke.
    -Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.
     For more information please visit this LINK



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