Stroke Awareness

Stroke Awareness

Seldom is stroke thought about favorably. It is perceived to happen to minorities or poor people. However a stroke can happen to a baby in its mother’s womb. Being stroke alert is important and knowing the stroke symptoms is also important because you may be able to save the life of another person. Being able to identify a stroke helps you respond to the emergency quickly and can even reverse the symptoms of the stroke.

Oftentimes when a stroke is occurring the victim cannot identify what is happening. It isn’t until after the physical impairments are recognized by someone else that a doctor is called.

A Stroke Is A Medical Emergency

Responding promptly to symptoms often makes a big difference in the stroke treatment available to you. A CT scan, MRI, angiogram and blood tests can be used to identify the extent of the damage caused and to identify your options for treatment.

Healings in Motion presents monthly educational programs designed to prevent strokes and support recovery. In 2011, Healings in Motion collaborated with Stroke Resources, Stanislaus County to present “Stroke Awareness Day”.

Can a stroke happen again? Yes. Once you’ve had a stroke, you have a high propensity to have another. If a stroke does occura again, this time you should be more alert to what is happening to you and hopefully will get treatment as fast as you can.

Stroke Disparities

Being Aware that stroke disparities exist can help stop bad habits that trigger a stroke.

  • Stroke deaths are twice as likely for African Americans than for Caucasians.
  • African Americans are twice as likely to die from stroke as Caucasians.
  • The rate of first strokes in African Americans is almost double that of Caucasians.
  • Compared with Caucasian males 45 to 54 years old, African American males in the same age group have a threefold greater risk of ischemic stroke.

Not all of the reasons for this are clear but some factors include a higher rate of the following:

  • High blood pressure – this is the number one risk factor for stroke and 1 in 3 African Americans suffer from high blood pressure.
  • Diabetes – people with diabetes have a higher stroke risk.
  • Sickle cell anemia – this is a genetic disorder that mainly affects African Americans.
  • “Sickle” red blood cells are less able to carry oxygen to the body’s tissues and organs and tend to stick to blood vessel walls. This can block arteries to the brain and cause a stroke.
  • Obesity – African Americans have a higher incidence of obesity than Caucasians.
  • Smoking – African Americans also have a higher incidence of smoking than Caucasians.

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