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May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Poonam Alaigh encourages everyone to learn stroke’s warning signs and take steps to reduce their risks for this potentially disabling and deadly condition.
“Getting the full benefit of this care, however, requires fast action when someone first suffers a stroke. It’s vital that everyone learn to recognize a possible stroke and call 911 so the person can get immediate care,” she said.
A stroke is a “brain attack” that occurs when a blood clot or broken blood vessel interrupts blood and oxygen flow to the brain. Brain cells die, which can result in speech problems, memory loss, paralysis and other disabilities. Prompt emergency treatment can save lives and help minimize or eliminate disability.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the
Managing health conditions and making healthy lifestyle changes can reduce your risk. Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented through proper risk factor management, according to the National Stroke Association. Risk factors include high blood pressure, obesity, excessive alcohol use, smoking, diabetes and a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation.
Fewer than one in five Americans can recognize stroke symptoms, according to the stroke association. Symptoms include: sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you remember to think F.A.S.T., it will help you recognize a possible stroke:
The Department of Health and Senior Services is promoting a high standard of stroke care in
All stroke centers began submitting data to the New Jersey Acute Stroke Registry in January. The data will be used to help monitor stroke center performance, improve the quality of stroke care and help DHSS learn more about stroke treatment and rehabilitation services in
Working with the Stroke Advisory Panel and the emergency medical services community, the Department also is developing guidelines that would ensure stroke patients are transported to the closest, most appropriate stroke center for care.
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