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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mount Carmel Takes the Lead in Raising Stroke Awareness

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Stroke Coordinators from the Mt. Carmel Hospital family including Janie Wheeler from St. Ann's(pictured above) and Janet McNaughten from Mt. Carmel West joined us on 1/23/14 to discuss stroke facts including but not limited to causes, symptoms, risk-factors, prevention, treatment options and rehabilitation. Listen to complete interview here.  Mt. Carmel takes the lead in community outreach and education when it comes to stroke.  

The importance of recognizing symptoms and taking prompt action cannot be over-emphasized.  Stroke is said to be the 4th leading cause of death in this country. According to the CDC, strokes kill almost 130,000 Americans each year - accounting for 1 out of every 19 deaths. View statistics here.  It is closely associated with high blood pressure also known as the "silent killer" and most people report no pain during a stroke.  

We have long relied on F.A.S.T. to help identify the signs and symptoms of stroke.  

F  Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? 
A Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? 
S Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred? 
T Time to call 911 Time is of the essence.  

Strokes are 80% PREVENTABLE.
 Knowledge is the Key!