Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Sometimes body language can speak volumes—especially during a stroke.
The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, is launching a new public awareness campaign, Together To End Stroke. The Association advocates awareness, education and action against stroke.
Stroke is the No. 4 leading cause of death of Americans—claiming a life about every four minutes. Also the leading cause of long-term disability, Americans paid about $73.7 billion in 2010 for stroke-related medical costs and disability.
But there is good news— a stroke is preventable, treatable and beatable.
The American Heart Association urges Americans to control risk factors including high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and high cholesterol in order to reduce their risk for developing this devastating disease. Studies have shown that nearly 80 percent of cardiovascular events may be prevented if risk factors are controlled and that lowering your blood pressure may reduce your risk of stroke by up to 50 percent.
It is also vital to be aware of the warning signs of stroke—because if caught early enough from the onset of symptoms, the most common type of stroke can be treated and lasting side effects reversed with proper medical treatment.
The Association is urging everyone to be aware of body language, including face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty.
For more information about the American Stroke Association, visit www.strokeassociation.org.