Stroke warning signs and the road to recovery

Stroke. We all know someone who has had one. Nearly 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year. Stroke is responsible for 195,000 deaths per year. May is Stroke Awareness Month, and today on Indy Style, Community Nursing and Rehab Rehabilitation Services Manager Katie Weesner and CNR Resident Wanda Dean explain how ASC works with those who have had a stroke.

Stroke Facts — *represents the most important ones

  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 of every 20 deaths.*
  • A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.
  • Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, someone dies of stroke.
  • Every year, about 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes; 185,000 are recurrent strokes.*
  • Stroke is an important cause of disability. Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over.
  • Stroke costs the nation $33 billion annually, including the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.*
  • You can’t control some stroke risk factors, like heredity, age, gender, and ethnicity. Some medical conditions—including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, overweight or obesity, and previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)—can also raise your stroke risk. Avoiding smoking and drinking too much alcohol, eating a balanced diet, and getting exercise are all choices you can make to reduce your risk.*

Common Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms

  • 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.

To learn more, visit www.ascseniorcare.com.

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