Stroke awareness is critical to understanding how quickly you should act if you or someone you know is experiencing a stroke. The American Heart Association is working to not only increase stroke awareness but to debunk a couple of myths and misconceptions, too.
Two of the myths they hope to debunk with education and awareness are that stroke only strikes the elderly and that stroke is strictly a cardiovascular event. It’s not the case. Let’s try to improve your stroke awareness by dispelling a couple of stroke myths.
Secondly, a stroke is more of an attack on the brain but is still cardiovascular in nature because it’s caused by a problem that occurs in the arteries or blood vessels to the brain. A stroke is either ischemic (caused by a clot in a blood vessel) or hemorrhagic (caused by a leaking blood vessel).
Another common misconception about strokes is that they’re unpreventable and untreatable. Actually, stroke is largely preventable and requires emergency treatment.
Acting fast can save lives, and in fact, “FAST” is a word that helps diagnose a stroke in progress so you can help in time. t-PA is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that, if given within 4.5 hours of the first symptom, may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. There are also two other types of stroke treatments available that might help doctors reduce the effects of stroke.
The National Stroke Association is a great place to go to find stroke awareness. Not only do they offer a comprehensive education about this particular cardiovascular disease, but they have tips on prevention, recovery, recognizing signs and symptoms, how to get involved, donate, and stay informed.
You can use it to bust the myths and spread awareness. It could save the life of someone you love!
And to stay ahead of other potential heart-health risks you may face, download our guide “Cardiology Tests That Are Helping Hearts Stay Healthy.” In it, you will find a list of recommended tests you should get to ensure your heart is functioning properly. In fact, one of the tests can tell you if you’re at risk for a heart attack up to 10 years before it happens.