Posted by: Patricia Hysong | May 1, 2016

Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. A stroke happens when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. Brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. A stroke can cause a person to permanently loose speech, movement and memory. Learn more about what a stroke is, ways to possibly prevent one from happening to you and how to recognize and help others that may be having one.

Stroke Awareness Month

Common Stroke Symptoms

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, 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 headaches with no known cause

Some Stroke Facts

  • Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable
  • Stroke can happen to anyone at any time
  • Temporary stroke symptoms are called transient ischemic attacks (TIA), are warning signs prior to an actual stroke and need to be taken seriously
  • At any signs of stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately, treatments may be available and work best when immediate
  • Family history of stroke increases your chance of stroke
  • Stroke is a “brain attack”
  • Stroke recovery is a lifelong process
  • There are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the U.S.

Information sourced from the National Stroke Association website.

Courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

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