- Sudden weakness or numbness on one or both sides of the body
- Sudden loss of vision
- Sudden inability to speak or understand
- Sudden drooping of the face, arms, trouble walking
- Worst headache of your life
“Thanks to advances in technology and medicine, we now have new treatments and therapies to treat stroke and reduce one’s risk of permanent damage — or death,” said David Miller, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.
“Stroke remains a leading cause of serious long-term disability, such as paralysis, speech difficulties, memory issues and emotional problems,” he continued. “The cost of stroke is significant — somewhere between $34 billion to $70 billion annually related to health care and medication costs, rehabilitation, lost wages, etc. The latest numbers on heart disease and stroke statistics — the 2015 update from the American Heart Association, confirm that stroke remains a leading cause of serious long-term disability, such as paralysis, speech difficulties, memory issues and emotional problems.
The financial impact of stroke is significant. Some reports indicate stroke costs the United States approximately $34 billion each year. Others indicate that number is upwards of $70 billion annually. When combined with other, related cardiovascular issues, the cost rises to more than $312 billion a year — and the costs, which include the health care services, medications, lost wages, and other lifestyle necessities — continue to rise.”
There are things you can do to reduce and even prevent stroke:
- Stop smoking
- Control your blood pressure — and take your medication if its been prescribed
- Lower and maintain your cholesterol
- Maintain a heart-healthy diet and exercise
If you recognize one or any of the symptoms of stroke, call 911. Stroke is a medical emergency.