Stroke Awareness Month
“When you have the right team behind you, a stroke doesn’t have to be the end of your story.”
– Brian Propp, Five-Time NHL All-Star and Stroke Survivor
- Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every 4 minutes, someone dies of a stroke.
- Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.
- About 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes,in which blood flow to the brain is blocked.
- Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over.
- Stroke risk increases with age, but strokes can—and do—occur at any age.
- In 2009, 34% of people hospitalized for stroke were less than 65 years old.
Remember the tips and B.E. F.A.S.T. to prevent life-altering consequences:
B: Ask the person to stand and/or walk, are they having difficulty with balance?
E: Ask the person about their vision, did they experience sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes?
F: Ask the person to smile, does one side of the face droop?
A: Ask the person to raise both arms, does one arm drift downward?
S: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase, is their speech slurred or strange?
T: If you observe any of these, time call 9-1-1 immediately!
What to Expect After a Stroke
If you have had a stroke, you can make great progress in regaining your independence. However, some problems may continue:
- Paralysis (inability to move some parts of the body), weakness, or both on one side of the body.
- Trouble with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgment, and memory.
- Problems understanding or forming speech.
- Trouble controlling or expressing emotions.
- Numbness or strange sensations.
- Pain in the hands and feet that worsens with movement and temperature changes.
- Trouble with chewing and swallowing.
- Problems with bladder and bowel control.
Rehab can include working with speech, physical, and occupational therapists.
- Speech therapy helps people who have problems producing or understanding speech.
- Physical therapy uses exercises to help you relearn movement and coordination skills you may have lost because of the stroke.
- Occupational therapy focuses on improving daily activities, such as eating, drinking, dressing, bathing, reading, and writing.
- Psychotherapy aids in adjustment to the stroke, awareness of deficits, redevelopment of social skills, maintaining of relationships, and education regarding the stroke.
Learn more on Stroke Rehabilitation.
At Bancroft NeuroRehab we have the clinical expertise to help.
Our clinical team has over 194 years of combined experience treating stroke and over 1 million hours of education! Neurological rehabilitation is what we do! Why does this matter? It matters because it leads to the best possible outcomes for you and your family.