May is National Stroke Awareness Month and SpecialtyCare is helping to spread the word. Stroke is a dangerous condition caused by interruption of blood flow to an area of the brain, sometimes resulting in loss of cognitive or motor functions. Here are a few alarming facts from the National Stroke Association about stroke in the United States:
- Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death.
- In 2012, stroke-related costs were estimated to be $105 billion, and it is projected to hit $240 billion by 2030.
- Two million brain cells die each minute during stroke. Immediate medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities.
- Up to 80% of strokes are preventable.
Through its various medical services, SpecialtyCare assists surgeons performing procedures to prevent stroke and in the aftermath and recovery from stroke. Our clinicians interact with stroke victims and their loved ones on a regular basis, and we understand how devastating stroke can be. The key to stroke prevention is widespread education of the community at large. Here are the FAST facts you need to know:
- Face: Is the individual experiencing drooping of one side of the face?
- Arms: Can the individual raise both arms without drifting?
- Speech: Is the individual experiencing slurred or disrupted speech?
- Time: As soon as any stroke symptoms are observed, call 911 immediately. The faster medical attention is achieved, the greater chance of stroke prevention.
At our core, the people of SpecialtyCare aim to improve the lives of others. In addition to our roles in the operating room, we are ready to support stroke prevention and improved recovery along with raising awareness in and outside of the workplace.
Help us spread the word during the month of May and throughout the year by sharing resources to facilitate education in the workplace and at home. Visit the multi-lingual websites of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the National Stroke Association for the resources below and other valuable prevention materials, emergency decision aids, recovery support, and more.