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Oct 18

Can Stroke Happen to You?

Power Doppler, carotid artery, stroke screening

Nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. will suffer from stroke this year, and over 130,000 will die. Many more will be seriously or permanently disabled. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., yet common misperceptions prevent those at risk from taking steps to help prevent stroke, or get prompt treatment if they experience symptoms of stroke. According to the National Stroke Association, the most common myths about stroke include: Myth: Stroke is unpreventable
Fact: Stroke is largely preventable

Myth: Stroke cannot be treated
Fact: Stroke requires emergency treatment

Myth: Stroke only strikes the elderly
Fact: Stroke can happen to anyone at any age

Myth: Stroke happens to the heart
Fact: Stroke is a “brain attack”

Myth: Stroke recovery takes only a few months
Fact: Stroke recovery continues for the rest of your life

Immediate treatment for stroke is critical for saving lives and limiting disability. In fact, patients who receive treatment within three hours of their first symptoms have a far better outcome than those who delay treatment by only a few hours more.

If you or someone else shows any the following sudden signs of stroke, call 911 immediately:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg – particularly on one side of the body
  • Confusion, or trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Dizziness, loss of balance, or trouble walking

Resource: Health Perks Newsletter for October 2013 El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA