When it comes to treating stroke victims the difference between a nearly full
recovery and a permanent disability can depend upon how fast someone
responds to the signs of stroke and receives medical attention. Timing is
Jennifer Majersik, MD Director, University of Utah Stroke Center offers tips for
what to do in case of a stroke.
Why is stroke awareness important?
Approximately 700,000 people suffer a stroke each year. It is the nation’s
3rd leading cause of death.
More than five million people are living with the after effects of a stroke, a
leading cause of disability among adults in the United States.
Stroke is more common in men than in women. However, more than half of
total stroke deaths occur in women.
Types of Stroke
There are two main types of Stroke – Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. It is
important to get to an Emergency Room as soon as possible so the
physicians can identify the type of stroke and begin treatment.
Ischemic strokes are the most common — accounting for almost 80% of all
strokes – and are caused by a clot or other blockage within an artery leading
to the brain.
Hemorrhagic strokes caused by the sudden rupture of an artery within the
brain. Blood is then released into the brain, compressing brain structures.
The difference between a nearly full recovery and a permanent disability can
depend upon how fast someone responds to the signs of stroke and receives
medical attention. Timing is very important!
Know the Signs of Stroke: Think FAST!
· F – Facial weakness – Can the person
smile? Does their mouth or eye droop on one side?
· A – Arm weakness – Can the person
raise both arms? Are they able to grasp or hold things with both arms? Is
there dizziness or unsteadiness?
· S – Speech problems – Can the
person speak clearly? Are they slurring their words? Can they understand
what you say and follow directions? Are they suddenly confused?
· T – TIME is important! Call 911
IF EVEN ONE OF THE SIGNS OF A STROKE ARE PRESENT, CALL 911
How You Can Reduce Your Risk of Stroke
Control high blood pressure
Take control – don’t make your blood pressure your doctor’s responsibility.
It’s YOUR blood pressure, and YOU can take control of it!
Monitor it at home – keep records to watch for changes.
Stop smoking – TODAY.
Maintain a healthy diet and exercise
Start today, and do it every day, even for small amounts of time (15-20
minutes). Consistency is the key.
For more information about stroke, please call 801-587-9935
Or go to: www.healthcare.utah.edu