DALLAS, May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- About one in three American adults have experienced a symptom consistent with a warningor "mini" stroke, but almost none – only 3 percent – took the recommended action, according to a new survey from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).
Thirty-five percent of respondents reported having experienced
May is National Stroke Month, and the AHA/ASA is working with Medical City Healthcare in North Texas to help spread awareness of the need to act fast at the onset of stroke symptoms.
"Ignoring any stroke sign could be a deadly mistake," said Parita Bhuva, MD, Interventional Neurologist with Medical City Healthcare's Texas Stroke Institute. "Only a formal medical evaluation by a trained professional along with brain imaging can determine whether you're having a TIA or a stroke. If you or someone you know experiences a stroke warning sign — whether it goes away or not — call 911 right away to improve chances of an accurate diagnosis, treatment and recovery."
The difference between a TIA and a stroke is that the blockage is transient, or temporary. A TIA has the same symptoms, but usually lasts a few minutes and up to 24 hours. The American Stroke Association recommends calling for emergency help immediately, even if symptoms go away.
About 15 percent of strokes are preceded by a TIA. People who have a TIA are significantly more likely to have a stroke within 90 days.
To easily remember the most common stroke signs, the American Stroke Association recommends consumers learn the acronym F.A.S.T., which stands for:
Other stroke warning signs include sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or sudden severe headache with no known cause.
The survey was conducted as part of the American Stroke Association's Together to End Stroke™ warning signs campaign sponsored by Medtronic. Participants included 2,040 adults nationwide.
Additional survey findings:
About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association officially launched in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit StrokeAssociation.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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SOURCE American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA)
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