In case you weren’t aware, MobilityWare dedicated last month to increasing Stroke Awareness. We wanted to take some time to direct some attention to the seriousness of strokes. After all, strokes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Although strokes can happen to anybody, studies show up to 80% of strokes can be prevented, therefore it’s especially important for everybody to be aware of what a stroke is, how to prevent one, and what to do if stroke symptoms occur.
All last month, we posted articles dedicated to Stroke Awareness. We explained what a stroke actually is, how to prevent one, how to check if somebody is exhibiting stroke symptoms, and also some risk factors that might increase one’s chances of getting a stroke. (You can go here to see all the stroke-related posts we made last month).
Though we did our best to try and cover as much as we could, in the end, it’s all up to you. Anyone can have a stroke no matter what age, race, or gender. However, the chances of having a stroke can decrease if people are aware of the risk factors that can cause a stroke. Regular trips to the doctor can alert you to things such as high blood pressure, which is one of the biggest risk factors of stroke. Additionally, in the event you do receive a stroke, the damage caused from a stroke can be lowered if stroke symptoms are recognized quickly and the patient receives medical attention as soon as possible.
Many people think that “strokes can never happen to me,” but in reality, as we’ve said many times before, strokes can happen to anybody. Many of you have written to us, commented on our Facebook, posted to us on Twitter, telling us your story about how stroke has affected you or somebody close to you. We are incredibly touched and we thank you so much for reaching out to us. We hope that people realize that although strokes are a serious issue, there are things we can do to help prevent them, as well as minimize the damage a stroke can cause.
As a result of your support, we were able to raise $724 during our campaign. We have donated this amount to the National Stroke Association to help them in their mission to raise Stroke Awareness. Though we were more than happy to make this donation, the true goal of our campaign was to reach out to you guys and help raise awareness to strokes.
About 795,000 strokes will occur this year. Stroke does not discriminate. Whether you are young, old, male, female, all of us can be affected by stroke. But being aware of stroke risk factors and stroke symptoms, as well as acting quickly, can limit disabilities and save lives.
The National Stroke Association has a Stroke Risk scorecard that can help you determine your stroke risk.
We’d also like to remind you of our stroke symptom picture that uses the acronym FAST. We hope this increases recognition of stroke symptoms and prompts you to act quickly.
And lastly, if you have suffered from a stroke, you are not alone. The National Stroke Association has a page dedicated to Stroke Recovery. It has some great links and we highly encourage you check it out.
Once again, we thank you for all the support you’ve shown us in trying to help raise Stroke Awareness. Tell your friends, families, coworkers about the stuff you’ve learned! The information you share today can help save lives tomorrow. As the National Stroke Association puts it, “the more knowledge we share, the more lives we will save – together, we can stop stroke.”
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