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By On October 29th, 2013

World Stroke Day 2013

Today is World Stroke Day, and in recognition I would like to ask you to familiarize yourself with the signs of a stroke and what to do if you or a loved one believes they may be suffering one of the most damaging and preventable conditions affecting people across the country.

Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke every year, meaning one in six adults will have a stroke in their lifetime. Roughly 90% of these are ischemic strokes, or preventable strokes caused by a clot lodged in a blood vessel. Most survive, but many are left disabled.

The most troubling reports this year say that more people are experiencing strokes at earlier ages. Between 1990 and 2010, the number of strokes among those aged 20 to 64 went up 25%.

The warning signs you may be experiencing a stroke are fairly unique and identifiable, but they still catch many off guard every year. They include:

If any of these symptoms begin to suddenly appear, immediately seek medical attention, even if the symptoms seem to fluctuate or come and go. A stroke requires immediate emergency assistance, and every minute counts. The longer you go without help, the more likely you are to suffer disability of brain damage. Do not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital, but call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

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