May is National Stroke Awareness Month: Learn How to Spot the Warning Signs

A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention, as it can cause brain damage, disability, or even death. In this article, we will discuss how recognizing the signs of a stroke can save lives and how being proactive about your employee health benefits can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the warning signs of stroke and the importance of early intervention.

What are the warning signs of a stroke?

The American Stroke Association states that recognizing the signs of a stroke is critical for getting medical help quickly. Some of the most common signs include sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arms, or legs, confusion or trouble speaking, vision problems, and a severe headache. Remember to act fast if you notice any of these signs, as “time lost is brain lost.” 

Remember to act fast if you notice any of these signs, as time lost is brain lost.

“Nearly 2 million brain cells die every minute during a stroke. Recognizing the warning signs and seeking medical attention can make a huge difference in a person’s recovery and quality of life.” – Dr. Mitchell S.V. Elkind, President of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Why is early intervention crucial?

The longer a stroke goes untreated, the more damage it can cause to the brain. Early intervention, such as administering clot-busting drugs or performing surgery, can prevent further damage and increase the chances of recovery. It’s essential to act quickly and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

“Stroke is a medical emergency, and time is of the essence. If you recognize any signs of a stroke, call 911 immediately. Every minute counts.” – Dr. Brian Silver, Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Rhode Island Hospital.

How can your employee health benefits help?

Many employers offer employee health benefits, including wellness programs, health screenings, and preventative care services, that can help you stay on top of your health. Take advantage of these
benefits and talk to your healthcare provider about ways to reduce your risk of stroke.

“Prevention is key when it comes to stroke. Making healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress, can help reduce your risk of stroke. Don’t wait until it’s too late to take care of your health.” – Dr. Sarah Samaan, cardiologist and author of “Best Practices for a Healthy Heart.”

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