Treating a stroke as soon as possible is the only way to prevent death or the common disabling effects that follow. But knowing how to identify when a stroke is occurring is the key.
According to Stroke Center, strokes cause more disabilities in Americans each year than anything else. Over 130,000 Americans die from strokes annually, placing it in the top-five for leading causes of death in the U.S.
Getting immediate treatment is imperative, says the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. That’s because the more time that is allowed to pass after a stroke occurs, the likelier death or a life-changing disability is to follow. But the good news is that when a stroke is treated within 180 minutes of the first symptoms, there’s a more favorable outlook for the patient.
Educating yourself on facts about strokes can also help you better understand just how much of an impact they have on modern society.
The CDC offers a long list of stroke facts, a few of which include:
- Anyone can suffer from a stroke at any time.
- Your risk of stroke does increase with age, but over 30% of people who go to the hospital for them are under the age of 65.
- Women are at higher risk, with about 55,000 more women suffering from a stroke annually than men.
- High blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are key contributors.
Key Signs You Are Having A Stroke
There are some key signs of stroke that you can look for, explained in more detail by WedMD.
- Sudden loss of balance and or your coordination, like not being able to walk straight or even complete simple bipedal hand movements.
- Sudden and abrupt changes to your vision, like seeing double or going blind in one eye.
- A drooping face or complete numbness on one side, like a lopsided smile.
- Weakness in your arms, either one, or not being able to raise one or both arms.
- Difficulty talking or understanding what other people are saying to you.
If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, it could mean that you are suffering from a stroke. Call 911 right away to request emergency services. It could just save a life and or prevent long term disability.