By Stephanie Johnson
Every 45 seconds, someone in the United States experiences a stroke. Yet, despite being the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in this country, fewer than one in five Americans can recognize a symptom of a stroke. In addition, some people still believe that this condition is simply a “stroke of fate,” not realizing that stroke is preventable and treatable.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month and Marietta Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with the National Stroke Association is urging people to take charge of their health by knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke, asking their doctors about stroke prevention and adopting healthy lifestyle habits. Nearly 60 million Americans – 29 million women – have high blood pressure, and almost a third do not even know it.
Marietta Memorial Hospital’s Rehabilitation Center is sponsoring the following events during the month of May in recognition of Stroke Awareness Month:
While a stroke can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender or race – women are uniquely impacted. Consider these facts:
A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when blood and oxygen flow to the brain is interrupted by a blood clot or a broken blood vessel. This kills brain cells in the immediate area, often causing physical and emotional disabilities including speech problems, memory loss and paralysis.
In addition to high blood pressure, there are several things that can contribute or increase a person’s risk for stroke including cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, obesity and family history. Women have additional risk factors to consider such as pregnancy and using hormone replacement therapy to treat menopause, all of which can increase stroke risk.
But the good news is that stroke is one of the most preventable of all life-threatening health problems, provided you pay proper attention to lifestyle and medical risk factors. Treatment exists to help minimize the effects of stroke, however it must be given within three hours of the first symptom. So it is important for people to be able to recognize the symptoms of stroke and see emergency medical attention.
Studies show that stroke patients who arrive at the hospital by ambulance receive quicker treatment than those who arrive by their own means. Marietta Memorial Hospital’s Rehabilitation Center is a certified stroke center and specializes in the treatment of stroke. This designation goes to hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care, and whose quality of care is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients. As the only accredited Stroke Rehabilitation Program in the area it is the Rehab Center’s responsibility not only to restore the highest quality of life following a stroke but also to prevent the occurrence or re-occurrence of a stroke. The Rehab Center understands not only how to effectively treat stroke but we also respect the impact a stroke can have on an individual, family and even a community. The inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative staff tries to make every month Stroke Awareness Month.
Every year, more than 750,000 Americans experience a stroke, but with increased awareness 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented. While the statistics are sobering, they are not irreversible. Marietta Memorial Hospital is committed to reducing the incidence and impact of stroke through creative educational programs. For more information on any of the events being offered, please call The Rehabilitation Center at Marietta Memorial Hospital at 800-853-4671.
CONTACT: Jennifer Offenberger,
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Marietta Memorial Hospital
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