Did you know? According to the National Stroke Association:
- In the United States, stroke is a leading cause of death, killing nearly 130,000 people each year.
- Approximately 795,000 strokes will occur this year, one occurring every 40 seconds, and taking a life approximately every four minutes.
- Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke, increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death.
- There are an estimated 7,000,000 stroke survivors in the United States over age 20.
With the extreme prevalence and severity of strokes, National Stroke Awareness Month is a vital time to educate oneself and make sure you’re ready to act at any moment. While a stroke is likely to leave permanent damage, quick medical attention can potentially help save a life. If you think someone is having a stroke, act FAST:
- Face – Ask the person to smile face. Does his/her face droop?
- Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Is the movement asymmetrical?
- Speech – Ask the person to repeat a phrase. Do they miss the words or slur?
- Time – Call 911 as soon as possible.
Want to know more about strokes and spread the words to your family, friends or colleagues? Visit the Stroke Awareness Resource Center to find:
- Promotional tools
- Discussion Guides
The Performance Health Academy has several articles on the benefits of TheraBand exercise for stroke survivors as well as kinesiology taping techniques for stroke survivors
If you or someone you know has survived a stroke and is on the road to recovery, the TheraBand Academy has a wealth of resources to improve your stroke rehab experience. Share with a family member or colleague!
Source: The American Heart Association