UP TO 80 PERCENT OF STROKES MAY BE PREVENTABLE. #StrokeMonth
Today marks the start of May. American Stroke Month, the annual campaign to increase stroke awareness and educate Americans, takes place throughout the month of May. The observance also encourages providers and caregivers to band together to raise awareness of the prevention, treatment and education options that can help reduce stroke incidence.
We have included some tips and resources below that you can post and share with your colleagues and patients.
- Print and hang the Stroke Symptoms poster on public bulletin boards and hallways throughout your facility to help people recognize stroke symptoms.
- Stroke 101” Fact Sheet
- Know the Facts About Stroke Fact Sheet
- Stroke Facts Infographic shares important stroke facts
- Act FAST Wallet Card educates people on the sudden warning signs of stroke so they can recognize and respond to stroke FAST
- Stroke Risk Scorecard is an easy-to-use calculation tool that helps you become more familiar with the personal risk of stroke
- A variety of American Stroke Month resources for healthcare professionals are available, including treatment guidelines, resources for multicultural audiences and advocacy resources
The most important controllable risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. Encourage your patients to check their numbers and keep them in check: www.heart.org/hbp. Most strokes are preventable. A large percentage of the ones that happen are treatable with the right care, right away. It’s a matter of knowing what to do, taking action and spreading the word.
We will be promoting training opportunities and sharing resources and information on these very important topics throughout the month of May. Click here for resources, educational webinar recordings and to learn how you can become a partner to improve cardiac health across our region.