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.
Photo courtesy of National Stroke Association.
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