Tuesday, June 09, 2009
MMH's Rehabilitation Center Recognizes National Stroke Awareness Month
(Marietta, OH, June 9, 2009) – Did you know that up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable, yet it is expected that nearly 795,000 people will have a stroke in 2009? In fact, it would take more than 11 football stadiums to hold all of these people.
The Rehabilitation Center Stroke Specialty Unit at Marietta Memorial Hospital recently celebrated National Stroke Awareness Month in May, along with the National Stroke Association, and is commitment to reducing the incidence and impact of stroke through awareness and education.
Did you know that most strokes can be treated if symptoms are recognized F.A.S.T.? Using the F.A.S.T. method of symptom recognition and response can save lives.
F = Face – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A = Arm – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
T = Time – If you observe any of these signs, it is time to call 911.
Stroke recovery can last a lifetime. Spread hope about recovery by understanding post-stroke issues, encouraging active recovery participation and secondary stroke prevention. Learn about treatment options, exercises to increase mobility and other ways to live a high quality of life, no matter the disabilities or other side effects from stroke.
Understanding risk factor management, symptom recognition and response and the realities of how stroke recovery can be, are important for the health and well being of an individual who has suffered from a stroke. For more information on stroke and stroke prevention contact the Rehabilitation Center, Stroke Specialty Unit at Marietta Memorial Hospital, (740) 374-1463 or visit www.mmhospital.org.