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Knowledge is Power During National Stroke Awareness Month

Knowledge is Power During National Stroke Awareness Month
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NOTE: This is a guest post by Taryn Fort, Director of Marketing and Communications for the National Stroke Association.

National Stroke Awareness Month has been recognized during May for 23 years in the U.S. Yet, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing more than 133,000 people a year. Public knowledge of this condition we often call a “brain attack” is dangerously low. Further, many simply don’t realize that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by working with a healthcare professional to manage common risks.

One of the biggest challenges facing everyone engaged in stroke awareness faces is debunking the myths that exist. Making more people aware of the facts is essential. For example:

Myth: stroke can’t be treated; Reality: stroke can often be treated, but it’s important that a patient gets urgent medical treatment in time.

Myth: stroke is a type of heart disease; Reality: stroke is an event that occurs in the brain.

Often, the most jarring fact for people to hear is that stroke affects all ages. National Stroke Association designed our public awareness campaign, Faces of Stroke, to highlight the vast range of stroke survivors–from babies to people in their late 90s. Unfortunately for everyone, stroke does not discriminate against age, gender or race. Every person is at risk on some level.

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8:59PM PDT on May 9, 2012

Pradip C.,

I've been studying the effects of strokes for years (ever since I had one), and have never seen or heard anything similar to your suggestions before, so I doubt that they will help. They might help identify those most likely to survive a stroke, but I doubt that they will offer any help for that survival. In the US, calling 911 immediately is very important - the best methods of treating strokes must be done within just a few hours to have much effect.

8:47PM PDT on May 9, 2012

Could the government try to arrange a wider variety of telecommuting jobs for stroke victims, especially those like me who are no longer good at remembering what is said rapidly, and are therefore not interested in jobs with much public contact?

Also, I have found a BOINC project that looks easy to turn toward stroke research - GPUGRID. Only 50,000 euros a year to add stroke research to what they do. Currently about $64,700 a year. Already working on some neurological problems, but not strokes.

They also want volunteers with rather high-end graphics boards, such as the two I'm now letting them use, to volunteer computer time.

Another group for stroke survivors and stroke caregivers:

The Stroke Network

9:25AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Thank you for the article...

9:12AM PDT on May 9, 2012

I had received an email which I would like to share with all CARE members. It says that when anyone gets a stroke and awaiting medical aid - the first thing you do is rub all the finger tips vigourously and peirce them with a sterilised needle and let droplets of blood ooze out, if the face shows some contortions then rub the earlobes and again peirce them with a sterilised needle and the face will regain its original shape.
Could the medical faculty who read this comment throw some light on this matter.

8:26AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Thank you for posting, as a caregiver for a stroke survivor, it is a challenge every day.

5:22AM PDT on May 9, 2012

My StrokeS were from having Antiphospholipid Syndrome
In away I glad Got!! I think it made me smarter :D♡♥☯☮ Please add Antiphospholipid Syndrome to the list! Even Dr. Oz needs to up date info:} If you live though it (them with me) It's just a start of an amazing Journey :D

9:31PM PDT on May 8, 2012

thanks, it's important to remember young people can have strokes too.

5:16PM PDT on May 8, 2012


5:09PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thanks for this good post.

5:05PM PDT on May 8, 2012

Excellent article. THANK YOU

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