Every day, people come to Sheltering Arms in search of hope and healing following stroke. A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when the flow of fresh, oxygen-filled blood from the heart and lungs to the brain is interrupted by a blockage or rupture. This starves the brain of its energy source and causes nerve cells to die, resulting in a loss of function in the areas controlled by the affected part of the brain. Strokes can impact every aspect of health – physical, psychological, social and emotional.
Each May, the National Stroke Association
strives to raise public awareness of stroke in hopes of increasing understanding of the impact it has in the lives of many and reducing its incidence. According to the National Stroke Association:
- Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in America.
- While some people recover fully from stroke, more than 2/3 of survivors will have some type of disability.
- A stroke occurs approximately every 40 seconds.
- Stroke takes a life every four minutes.
- Approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.
- African Americans have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared with Caucasians.
- Nearly 2,000,000 brain cells die every minute during a stroke. With each passing minute, the risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death increases. It is essential to recognize the symptoms and act FAST!
Face – Does the person have difficulty smiling? Does one side of the face droop?
Arms – Is there weakness when attempting to lift the arms? Does one arm drift downward?
Speech – Does the person have slurred speech? Can he/she repeat a simple sentence?
Time – Call 9-1-1 immediately if any of these symptoms are present.
Join Sheltering Arms and the National Stroke Association in this month’s awareness efforts! Click here to assess your stroke risk with our online tool and share this information with your loved ones.
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