World Stroke Day Philly

Updated:Sep 26,2014
One in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime. In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds.
In recognition of World Stroke Day on Oct. 29, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association urges those who care for others to learn the stroke warning signs, since bystanders often need to act fast in an emergency.
The American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke initiative, nationally sponsored by Covidien, a global healthcare product company, teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to remember stroke warning signs:
F - Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
A - Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S - Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T - Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
“Those with loved ones who have stroke risk factors should make it a priority to learn F.A.S.T. and teach others,” said Lopes. “Recognizing a stroke and calling 9-1-1 gives the patient a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for life-saving treatment like a clot-busting drug or medical device.”
The association offers a free mobile app to help people spot a stroke and identify award-winning hospitals nearby.
This year, 795,000 people in the United States will have a first or recurrent stroke. Other than a prior stroke, major stroke risk factors include:
  • High blood pressure – It’s the most important controllable risk factor for stroke. About 77 percent of people who have a first stroke have blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg. An estimated 78 million Americans have hypertension.
  • Transient ischemic attack – About 15 percent of strokes are preceded by a TIA (or “mini stroke”).
  • Atrial fibrillation (Afib) – It increases stroke risk up to five times and affects more than 2.7 million Americans.
  • Smoking – Current smokers have two to four times the stroke risk of nonsmokers or those who quit more than 10 years ago. In 2011, 21.3 percent of men and 16.7 percent of women 18 or older were cigarette smokers.
For more information about the stroke, visit www.StrokeAssociation.org.

See how Philly native, Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer and stroke survivor, Carvin G. Haggins, over came a stroke.


 

World Stroke Day

Ambulance outside Hospital


It’s estimated one out of every six people worldwide will have a stroke. “Act now” to increase your awareness about stroke.  Take the What's Your Stroke I.Q. quiz and help reduce the global threat of the second-leading cause of death in the world.