Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Stroke Awareness Month: Learn the Symptoms and Act Quickly

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked or bursts, and part of the brain begins to die. A person experiencing a stroke may not realize it is occurring, but bystanders can recognize the symptoms and act immediately.

Chances of survival and recovery are improved if immediate medical attention is given; the sooner a stroke patient receives treatment, the more likely that long-term brain damage and disability may be avoided.

Stroke symptoms include SUDDEN:
> Numbness in the face, arm, or leg
> Slurred speech
> Blurred vision
> Dizziness or loss of balance
> Severe headaches

Any ONE of these symptoms is a reason to take action. At the first sign of stroke, Call 911 immediately.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in Maine.

To help increase the number of stroke victims who receive timely treatment, the Maine CDC/DHHS Cardiovascular Health Program (MCVHP) is working with several statewide partners, including the Maine Affiliate of the American Stroke Association, to raise awareness of stroke symptoms and to help improve health care for stroke patients. You can play a key role too, learn the symptoms and at the first sign of stroke call 911.

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