Health Matters: Be Fast – You can help by knowing the signs of stroke

Dale Koch

Did you know that every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke? According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are many factors that may increase the risk of stroke, including things like age and health conditions like high blood pressure. Strokes can happen in one of two ways. First is when the blood supply to the brain is blocked. Second is when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. This causes brain tissue to die, which can cause brain damage, disability and death.

Strokes can have a profound effect on the patient’s life, causing long-term impairments to speech, restricted physical abilities, weakness or paralysis of the limb(s), difficulty gripping or holding things and a slowed ability to communicate. Early detection and timely medical intervention play a key role in improving survival rates and reducing impacts of a stroke.

Because May is National Stroke Awareness Month, I’m highlighting an important way to help learn the signs of stroke so you can take quick action to get help for someone who may be experiencing a stroke. One quick way to help

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