At least once a year I post this as a safety contact to our workers, and I also send it to most everyone in my Inbox. I have modified it just a bit for posting here since you can all followÂ the links. Â I'm not usually one for spam mail of any kind, but I find this one is important to pass along and remind everyone that paying attention to the small things could very well save a loved one's life.
IÂ won't preach about how to prevent strokes.Â We all know we should eat right, exercise, stop smoking and do all things in moderation.Â Â I am as guilty as the next person.Â
What you should know:
Strokes are the THIRD leading cause of deaths in the United States.Â
Strokes do not occur in the heart. They occur in the brain.Â
A stroke occurs when plaque in your blood vessels becomes lodged in the brain and cuts off the flow of oxygen to the brain or when a blood vessel bursts.Â Brain cells die!
Strokes do not just occur in the elderly. Young people have strokes too.Â People with diabetes, high blood pressure, alcoholics, cigarette smokers and those in poor physical condition are all at risk for a stroke, no matter what their age.Â
In 2004, there were 5.4 stroke related deaths per 100,000 people between the ages of 35-44.Â There were 1.4 per 100,000 for people between the ages of 25-34.Â Â That doesn't sound like a lot - unless you or a loved one was one of those 5.4.
I am at risk for a stroke.
Â Â Signs of a Stroke
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke notes these major signs of stroke:
|â€¢||Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs|
|â€¢||Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others|
|â€¢||Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes|
|â€¢||Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination|
|â€¢||Sudden severe headache with no known cause|
There is a quick sixty second test you can give someone to see if they may possibly be having a stroke.
I don't care if they say they are "fine".Â DO NOTÂ TAKE NOÂ FOR AN ANSWER.Â They may be angry with you at first, but they will appreciate that you've saved their life - or the quality of their life - later.
Strokes do not always kill.
A stroke can leave a person with a mild handicap or a bedridden vegetable.
This link describes some of the lasting physical effects of a stroke.
This link discusses the communication and swallowing problems.
This link describes the behavioral issues that follow a stroke, including depression, memory loss, and personality changes.
Here are some other helpful informational links regarding strokes:
Please remember that sixty second test - and pass this information along to everyone you know and love.Â
You never know. It might be YOUR life they save one day.