On average, someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. The fourth leading cause of death for Americans, strokes can be prevented up to 80 percent of the time, according to the National Stroke Association. So how do you lower your stroke risk? Know your risk factors and actively work to reduce them.
What Is A Stroke?
Do you know how to spot the signs of a stroke? On National Stroke Alert Day, May 7, 2013, Mills-Peninsula is partnering with Bay Area emergency and health organizations to educate our community about the warning signs of stroke and the necessity of calling 9-1-1 if symptoms are present.
Using the FAST acronym is an easy way to recognize a stroke and know what to do if you see someone exhibiting the signs, according to Jenny Fung, R.N., the coordinator of Mills-Peninsula’s Stroke Program.
Face: Look for an uneven smile
Arm: Check if one arm is weak
Speech: Listen for slurred speech
Time: Call 9-1-1 immediately if there is any one of these symptoms
“Look for sudden changes — a facial droop, arm weakness, change in speech,” Fung says. “If you see any one of these stroke signs, call 911 – don’t try to drive the person to the ER yourself. Time is brain. Every minute counts.” Read More about To Spot Stroke Signs,Think FAST
Do you know how to recognize symptoms of a stroke?
In this video segment from Healthpoint TV, Michael Kohn, M.D., Mills-Peninsula emergency physician and stroke program liaison, describes the tell-tale signs of a stroke and what to do if someone is showing signs of a stroke.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. Successful treatment can depend on expert medical care close to home. Did you know that Mills-Peninsula was the first certified stroke center on the Peninsula? Since then, our award-winning medical team has given hundreds of people the best chances of recovery. At our new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, which opened in May 2011, we’ll do even better.
In this brief video now airing on ABC television, Emergency Physician Karin Molander, M.D., and the Stroke Center team, give viewers a tour of the new hospital’s expanded emergency room, life-saving technology, and a healing environment for patients and families.
You can read more about strokes, learn the warning signs of a stroke, and take an interactive stroke risk assessment on the Mills-Peninsula Stroke Center web page.