Know Stroke. Know the Signs. Act in Time.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month—Use Your NINDS Know Stroke Toolkits
»Each year 780,000 Americans have a stroke. It is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States.
»Women account for more than 60 percent of stroke deaths, and about 60,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.
Many people do not know the symptoms or what to do when they witness someone having a stroke. The Know Stroke campaign, sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), educates the public about the symptoms of stroke and the importance of calling 911 to receive rapid medical treatment.
Everyone should know the symptoms of stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Stroke is a Medical Emergency
It is important to know that a stroke is as serious as a heart attack. When a stroke occurs, it is important to call 911 and note the time the symptoms first started in order to receive appropriate medical treatment. New treatments are available that greatly reduce the damage caused by stroke, but the patient must arrive at the hospital as soon as possible after symptoms start.
GFWC and NIH Partnership
Thanks to the NINDS, GFWC members have the opportunity to increase awareness about the signs and symptoms of stroke and how to receive appropriate medical treatment. Just over a year ago, the Know Stroke community education toolkit was sent to every GFWC club president to use during club meetings and in their communities. Since then, more than 100 clubs across the country have used the kit, sharing positive feedback and success stories from their stroke education programs.
“In the month following the video, one of our members had a TIA [transient ischemic attack, a type of stroke] and said her first thought was – ‘Get to the hospital NOW!’ (As a result, she is doing fine.)”
Waukee Woman’s Club
The GFWC and NINDS partnership continues this May, which is National Stroke Awareness Month. Many clubs plan to recognize the month by using their Know Stroke toolkits at their club meetings or in their community. We encourage you to continue spreading vital stroke information by using the Know Stroke toolkit. Also, please remember to return the feedback form to GFWC Headquarters.
By working together, we can make a difference in the lives of the women of the GFWC and the communities they serve.
Order free materials by visiting www.stroke.ninds.nih.gov or by calling 1-800-352-9424.
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