Wednesday, May 04, 2011

CDC resource for stroke awareness

The Centers Disease Control and Prevention just updated and posted some stroke-related materials for Stroke Awareness Month.

It includes statistics, stroke signs and symptoms, and more. Follow this link for some good resources:
Although most strokes occur in people aged 65 years or older, strokes can occur at any age. For example, a new CDC study, Trends of Acute Ischemic Stroke Hospitalizations in the U.S.: 1994–2007, found that stroke hospitalizations increased among both males and females aged 5–44 years old, raising concern about this young population.

Knowing the symptoms of stroke and calling 9-1-1 immediately if someone appears to be having a stroke are crucial steps in getting prompt emergency medical care for a stroke.  New treatments are available that can reduce the damage caused by a stroke for some victims, but these treatments need to be given soon after the symptoms start.
 (Photo from CDC)

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