May is Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month

Governor Jay Inslee has signed a proclamation encouraging all people in Washington to “take action to reduce their risk of stroke, know the signs and symptoms, and act F.A.S.T.”

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in Washington. Stroke can happen at any age. Rates for stroke have been declining among older adults, the group most commonly impacted by stroke. However, we recognize the importance of focusing on prevention, as more adults ages 18 to 54 are being hospitalized for stroke, and have risk factors for stroke.

What can you do to help reduce death and disability from stroke – not just in May, but all year long?

Promote stroke prevention: 80% of strokes are preventable.

Remember these 7 actions for prevention:

  • Eat Better
  • Get Active
  • Lose Weight
  • Quit Smoking
  • Reduce Blood Sugar
  • Control Cholesterol
  • Manage Blood Pressure

WIN211’s searchable database can help you find a place to get your blood pressure screened, find a Farmer’s Market near you, or get resources on quitting tobacco use.

Recognize signs and symptoms of stroke: Know the FAST test and how to administer it.

Remember the time-critical nature of stroke treatment: The faster stroke is treated, the more likely the patient will recover. Patients who are treated within 90 minutes of their first symptoms are almost three times more likely to recover with little or no disability.

Know the importance and benefits of calling 9-1-1 when stroke is suspected: Our state’s system is activated the moment you call. Emergency medical service responders are specially trained on stroke assessment and they alert the hospital in advance so stroke patients get seen and treated faster.

Support people after stroke: People who experience stroke benefit from rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation helps improve function and quality of life. Be sure to follow a health provider’s recommendations to avoid a second stroke.