Despite the fact that it is large preventable, every 40 seconds someone in the United States suffers a stroke; and every four minutes, it claims a life.
Did you know that high blood pressure is the #1 risk factor for stroke? Another cause is atrial fibrillation – people with that common heart rhythm disorder are five times more likely to have strokes, according to the latest data from the American Stroke Association.
Think Stroke? Be Fast!
Strokes are called brain attacks because they are a medical emergency and should be treated with the same urgency as a heart attack. Nearly two million brain cells die every minute following a stroke, so the sooner treatment begins, the more likely you are to protect yourself from permanent disability.
The best way to protect yourself is to understand and reduce your risk factors. May is American Stroke Month, the perfect time to become stroke savvy. Join us a series of free expert-led lectures on stroke related topics, ranging from stroke risk factors to emergency interventions and rehabilitation.
For lecture information, click here.
Can’t make this month’s lecture series? Learn more at Sarasota Memorial's Stroke Support Group (1 p.m. first Wednesday of each month) at Sarasota Memorial’s Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., and Stroke Wellness Club (1 p.m. second Wednesday of each month), in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s community classroom (second floor near B elevators), 1700 S. Tamiami Trail. Both groups are free. Visit smh.com/stroke or call (941) 917-3890 for more information.
Call 9-1-1 at the first sign of a stroke. Treatment in the first 2-3 hours of the first symptom of a stroke offers the best chance for a full recovery.
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