The latest statistics are staggering. Every 40 seconds, someone in the US suffers a stroke. It is the leading cause of serious long-term disability and the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. Millions of Americans, no matter their age, race or gender is safe from a stroke.
There is good news, armed with the proper information stroke is preventable, treatable and survivable. The key is to know the signs and get help F.A.S.T. (Face, Arm, Speech, Time).
In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is urging the public to learn the warning signs of stroke and what “F.A.S.T.” means. Immediate medical treatment can be the deciding factor between full recovery and disability after stroke.
Did You Know?
Someone in the U.S. dies of stroke every four minutes
About 6.8 million Americans age 20 and up have suffered a stroke
One in every three Americans does not know any of the warning signs of stroke
Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age
A husband and father of three small children ages 3, 4 and 6, Matthew Landry suffered a stroke the day after his 40th birthday. Late one evening in early March Matthew woke up to tend to one of his children who was feeling ill, when all of a sudden he collapsed on the floor.
A wife and mother to the couple’s three children, Angela was shocked to see her husband collapsed on the floor. At just 40 years old and in good health, stroke was the last thing on her mind. However, hearing her husband’s slurred speech and his inability to move one side of his body, she knew something was seriously wrong and he needed help fast. Angela called 911 immediately and within minutes Matthew was getting medical attention.
Matthew joined me to share his frightening experience with stroke and how the quick action of his wife, Angela, may have saved his life. They were joined by Dr. Sheryl Martin-Schild, Director of the renowned Stroke Program at Tulane Medical Center who shared easy to remember, life saving tips.
Stroke Awareness Month
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For more information, visit: www.stroke.org.
Stroke Awareness Month
Meet the Expert:
Dr. Sheryl Martin-Schild, MD, PhD graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. She started the Stroke Program at Tulane Medical Center in 2008, where she oversees all stroke activities within the facility and directs the Stroke Research Program which participates in NIH-funded clinical trials and numerous investigator-initiated studies of stroke with an emphasis in racial disparities in outcome, access to stroke care, and stroke in the young. Dr. Martin-Schild also serves as the Statewide Stroke Medical Director for the Louisiana Emergency Response Network through which she is tasked with implementation of the stroke system of care, monitoring quality of acute stroke care, and stroke education for healthcare providers.