05.01.2019 Back to News

May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

Do you know that stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Nebraska?

In addition, it is the No. 1 cause of preventable adult disability.

Stroke kills almost 130,000 Americans annually; that equates to 1 in every 20 deaths.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke, and someone dies from stroke every four minutes.

A stroke is a brain attack, and like a heart attack, a stroke requires emergency response and treatment.

Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission. Methodist Women’s Hospital is certified as an Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital by the Joint Commission.

Knowing your risk factors and the symptoms of a stroke can save your life.

Balance – sudden onset of balance difficulties

Eye – sudden onset of vision problems (loss of vision, double vision)

Face – facial drooping, loss of sensation on one side of the face

Arms – weakness or changes in sensation on one arm (or leg)

Speech – inability to speak or understand, slurred or garbled speech

Time – Time to call 911

There may be treatment available to reverse or stop the progression of symptoms. These treatments are time-sensitive, so if you or your loved ones experience symptoms of a stroke, B.E. F.A.S.T. and call 911. 

Did you know 80 percent of strokes are preventable? Reducing even one risk can greatly lower your chances of having a stroke.

Modifiable risk factors for stroke include:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter
  • Artery disease
  • Heart disease
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Sleep apnea
  • Drug abuse
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity

If you have any of these risk factors, talk to your doctor today about what you can do to reduce your risk of stroke.