Together to End Stroke™

Together is more than a word, it’s a rallying cry; a call to action to join with fellow warriors -- family, friends, neighbors and healthcare professionals -- to do something as a group that can’t be done alone.
Together. It’s how we can give our loved ones more quality moments with one another.
Together. It’s how we will tackle a leading cause of serious, long-term disability and death. 
Together. It’s how we will end stroke.

Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the U.S.
Each year, about as many Americans have a stroke as a heart attack.
After years of decline, recent data shows that stroke mortality has climbed 3 percent.

80% of strokes are preventable.
About three in four people who have a first stroke, have blood pressure greater than 140/90 mm Hg.
One in three American adults has high blood pressure.

Stroke is largely treatable.
The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover.

BROOKE BERGFELD, stroke survivor - watch the video story below!

Stroke is becoming more prevalent in our community. It is estimated that more than 700,000 strokes occur a year in the United States. Strokes are a major cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. alone.

A stroke is a "brain attack" that is classified as a medical emergency. The most common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blood clot or a clogged blood vessel in the brain that causes damage. A transient ischemic attack, also called TIA or "mini stroke," occurs when the blood supply to the brain is temporarily blocked but is restored before permanent damage. A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a blood vessel that breaks inside the brain that causes bleeding. It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of strokes because time is an important factor in the long term outcome for stroke patients.

Common symptoms of stroke may include:
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you would notice these symptoms in yourself or a family member, it is important to seek urgent medical care.  Acute strokes may be treated with a clot busting medication to dissolve a clot, intervention to retrieve the clot or they also may be treated by medications or surgery to stop the bleeding. However, every minute counts when it comes to saving the brain! It is best to receive care within 60 minutes of initial onset of symptoms in order to decrease the risk of long term disability.

HOW TO TELL IF SOMEONE IS HAVING A STROKE:

Think FAST
F: Face - Have the person smile. Does one side of face look droopy?
A: Arm – Have person hold arms in front. Does one arm drift down?
S: Speech – Is Speech slurred or patient confused
T: Time – Time is Brain. Call 911 immediately.

It is important to not only know the signs and symptoms of stroke, but also how to prevent a stroke from occurring. Some of the major risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, heart disease, physical inactivity and obesity. It is important to follow-up with your family provider and follow their recommendations to help decrease your risk factors. It is our goal as healthcare providers to make you the healthiest version of yourself!
 

The American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke™ initiative, nationally sponsored by Medtronic, teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to remember the most common signs of stroke. If you spot sudden (F)ace drooping, (A)rm weakness, or (S)peech difficulty, it’s (T)ime to call 911. How many more lives can be saved if everyone who knows how to spot a stroke, passes the knowledge on to others? Let’s find out; starting with you.

Visit StrokeAssociation.org/strokemonth to learn more and join with others, Together  to End Stroke™.