May: American Stroke Month

Someone in the US has a stroke about once every 40 seconds.

– American Heart Association

Strokes. One of the most devastating, yet mystifying conditions out there. With strokes being so common, it’s shocking how little concrete information we have on its causes, its treatment, and its prevention.  Although we know more about strokes than ever, there is still a lot to learn.

May is American Stroke Month. Being in pharmacy school, you learn about strokes all the time. But, seeing it affect someone you love opens your eyes to the hurt it brings the victim and their families. Some strokes have no identifiable cause. We find that more young people than ever are falling victim to this condition. Some strokes cause simply cause memory loss, while others cause life-long disabilities or even death.

Strokes can affect anyone, anywhere. The American Heart Association has done a great job providing statistics and educational information online. The sad thing is, we probably don’t frequent their website, unless it’s too late.

If I can pass any bit of information on to you that is worth remembering, it is the F.A.S.T. acronym of stroke symptoms.

F-Facial Drooping

A-Arm Weakness

S-Slurred Speech

T-Take Action, Call 911

Other symptoms of stroke include a severe headache, sudden confusion or vision problems, trouble with walking or balance, and one sided weakness or numbness.

Time is everything when it comes to strokes. If you suspect you or a loved one are experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. The faster you are able to receive medical care, the more likely your symptoms are to be less debilitating.

Click HERE to read more about the different kinds of stroke, prevention strategies, and support for life after a stroke.

Thanks for reading!

:)Lauren

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