Published on April 25, 2019

Stroke Awareness

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke occurs 800,000 times each year in the U.S. – once every 40 seconds. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability.

Stroke is a brain attack. There are two types:

  • Ischemic – when an artery in the brain becomes blocked
  • Hemorrhagic – when an artery in the brain bursts

While the risk of stroke increases with age, anyone can get a stroke. Manageable risk factors include diet and nutrition, physical activity, alcohol use and smoking. Uncontrolled risk factors include age, race, gender and family history.

Because anyone can have a stroke, it’s important to know the signs of stroke. Acting fast is vital. If you think someone is having a stroke, call 911 right away.

Stroke strikes FAST. Signs of stoke include:

  • Face – Look for an uneven smile.
  • Arms – Check if one arm is weak.
  • Speech – Listen for slurred speech.
  • Time – Call 911 right away. Do not drive!

If you suffer a stroke, MaineGeneral has the expertise to help you. MaineGeneral Medical Center received the American Health Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Learn more about our services for stroke.