For The Month of November, All Delivery Charges Go To
American Stroke Association
Stroke is the No. 5 killer and a leading cause of disability in America. There are various types of stroke: ischemic stroke (clots), hemorrhagic stroke (bleeds), TIA (transient ischemic attack), cryptogenic stroke (stroke of unknown cause) and brain stem stroke. When stroke occurs, brain cells are damaged due to the lack of blood and oxygen flow. The location of the brain and severity of the stroke will determine how a person is affected, and if there will be long term memory loss, speech/language problems, physical disability and/or emotional and personality changes. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy are necessary to help a person rehabilitate to the best of their capability.
The best way to avoid stroke is to prevent it. It is important to control these risk factors: high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, diet, physical inactivity, obesity, high blood cholesterol, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, atrial fibrillation, other heart disease, and sickle cell anemia.
Knowing the symptoms of stroke can save someone’s life: Remember “BE FAST”. This stands for loss of balance or dizziness, trouble with eyesight, facial droop or numbness, arm weakness or numbness, slurred speech or being unable to speak, and time. Other symptoms of stroke are sudden body numbness, especially on one side of the body, confusion, nausea, vomiting, severe headache and seizure. If you notice anyone having any of these symptoms, call 911 as soon as possible. Many long-lasting effects of stroke can be minimized or prevented if the person is medically treated right away.
For those affected by stoke, the Stroke Family Warmline is available Monday through Friday from 9am – 6pm: 1-888-4-STROKE.
Please join us in helping to save lives as we donate to the American Stroke Association.
If you would like to donate more, please visit www.stroke.org.