Fire department supports stroke awareness
May 6, 2014 at 12:06 a.m.
Did You Know?
• More than 795,000 people in the U.S. will have a stroke this year.
• Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Strokes kill almost 130,000 Americans each year.
• More women have strokes than men, but 7 out of 10 women said they are not aware they are more likely than men to have a stroke. Women are also less knowledgeable about risk factors.
• Stroke is a leading cause of adult long-term disability.
• Twice as many African-Americans have strokes than Caucasians.
• Stroke and heart disease account for 1 in 4 deaths among Hispanic men and 1 in 3 deaths among Hispanic women.
• In a 2005 survey, 93 percent of respondents recognized sudden numbness on one side as a symptom of stroke. Only 38 percent were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 911.
• Patients who arrive at the ER within three hours of their first symptoms tend to have less disability three months after a stroke than those who received delayed care.
• Eighty percent of strokes can be prevented by managing controllable risk factors. Learn what they are at stroke.org/SYMP.
SOURCE: National Stroke Association
The month of May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and in an effort to create awareness in the community about strokes and stroke prevention, the Victoria Fire Department is displaying informational decals on ambulances through the end of the month.
The decals were made possible by the efforts of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston and are nationally sponsored by Covidien and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.