News Release Date : 05/12/2010
Free Stroke Screenings May 25
St. Maryís of Michigan is offering a free stroke screening to mark the month of May as National Stroke Awareness Month on Tuesday, May 25 from 2 pm to 6 pm. Screenings will take place in the Health Education Center, 800 S. Washington Ave, Saginaw. Appointments are not required, participants will be screened on a first come, first serve basis.
Did you know that stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of long term disability in the United States? The statistics are alarming:
- Every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke.
- Every 3.1 minutes, someone dies of a stroke.
- Each year, about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. About 500,000 are first attacks.
- About 4.7 million stroke survivors are alive today.
- Stroke accounts for about half of all patients hospitalized for acute neurological disease.
What Exactly is a Stroke?
Stroke is a cardiovascular disease that affects the blood vessels supplying blood to the brain. It occurs when a blood vessel bringing oxygen and nutrients to the brain bursts or is clogged by a blood clot or some other particle. Because of the rupture or blockage, part of the brain doesnít get the flow of blood it needs. Deprived of oxygen, neurons in the affected area of the brain canít function and die within minutes. The devastating effects of stroke are often permanent because dead brain cells arenít replaced.
The Effects of Stroke
The types and degrees of disability that follow a stroke depend on which area of the brain is damaged. Generally, stroke can cause five types of disabilities:
- Paralysis or problems controlling movement.
- Sensory disturbances including pain.
- Problems using or understanding language.
- Problems with thinking and memory.
- Emotional disturbances.
What are the Warning Signs of Stroke?
- 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.
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.