National Stroke Awareness Month

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Meridian, Miss. Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States and anyone is at risk of having a stroke. That is why the month of May is National Stroke Awareness Month to help bring insight into this potentially debilitating disease.

“In the southeast stroke is a major problem, it is considered the stroke belt if you want to call it that, mainly due to high blood pressure and diabetes being so prevalent here, explained Dr. James Cady, a ER Doctor at Anderson Regional Medical Center.

Every forty seconds someone in the nation is having a stroke that is why it is important to know what symptoms to look for to recognize and catch the stroke early.

When detecting a stroke, think of the acronym F.A.S.T. or Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty, if you see these symptoms then it’s Time to call 911.

“Symptom recognition is absolutely key. Don’t wait to try and see if it gets better, don’t take a nap and try to sleep it off, if you think that you are having a stroke, call 911 and get to the hospital immediately,” explained Kristen Isom, Stroke Coordinator and Program Director of the Primary Stroke Center at Anderson Regional Medical Center.

Early detection is key in helping reduce the effects of a stroke and secondary prevention can help find out what may have caused someone to have a stroke.

“To find out the source of what is going on, so throughout our stay we do test and diagnostic labs to figure out what the probable causes of a stroke will be,” stated Isom.

While secondary prevention can help prevent another stroke from occurring there are several tips that can be done before hand to help prevent a stroke.

“Taking care of your diabetes, taking care of your hyper tension, taking care of your heart disease, exercise so you don’t develop these problems,” explained Dr. Cady.

For more information and facts about strokes, including symptoms, causes, and risk factors, click on the link.