It was a Thursday morning, when Skyline Hospital Board Commissioner Les Dewey developed abdominal pain. He was pretty sure his symptoms were just the stomach flu given one of his grandkids had just recovered from it. However, when Saturday arrived and the pain was steadily increasing, he was having second thoughts...
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After being diagnosed with bone cancer 10 years ago, Art House underwent surgery to replace his left femur with a metal rod. His surgery however resulted in the shortening of his leg, which limited his abilities and caused him pain.
Nearly 800,000 Americans have a stroke every year, leading to 133,000 deaths annually. Statistics show that someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of stroke every four minutes. Stroke is the leading cause of serious, preventable long-term disability.
Eighty percent of strokes can be prevented, with high blood pressure being the most important controllable risk factor. The American Stroke Association has a great infographic on the importance of controlling blood pressure to prevent stroke.
Identifying the early symptoms of stroke can be the difference between life and death or full recovery and long-term disability. The F.A.S.T exam is a great tool to identify stroke symptoms. Take the Stroke Hero FAST Quiz.
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