EASTAR Health to Host Stroke Fair at Mall Saturday May 19May 16, 2012
SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT STROKE THIS MAY
National Stroke Awareness Month Activity Announced at EASTAR Health System Muskogee, Ok- May 14, 2012
About 795,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year, yet most people in the U.S. cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors. Many strokes – some studies indicate that up to 80 percent – can be prevented through risk factor management. 
There is no doubt that more education about stroke is needed. Public awareness of stroke warning signs and risk factors has not improved during the past five years, but May is a time to change this startling statistic. National Stroke Awareness Month takes place in May every year. In honor of this special time, National Stroke Association encourages everyone to help raise awareness in some way, including community awareness events or activities.
To honor National Stroke Awareness Month, EASTAR Health System is taking a lead from National Stroke Association and striving to educate Americans to learn about risk factor management and how to recognize and respond to warning signs by acting FAST.
EASTAR Health System, will host a Stroke Awareness Fair
What: Stroke Awareness Fair
When: May 19th from 11am to 1pm
Where: Arrowhead Mall near the food court
National Stroke Association offers a free Stroke Awareness Resource Center with downloadable stroke educational information, graphics and ways to get involved in raising awareness. Learn more at www.stroke.org/awareness.
Did You Know?
- Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the US and the leading cause of adult disability. There is one stroke every 45 seconds in the US with a death from stroke every 3.3 minutes.
- Oklahoma has the second highest stroke rate nationally. This means there is one stroke every 67 minutes in Oklahoma with a death from a new stroke every 4 hours.2
- Stroke is an emergency! It’s important to learn stroke warning signs and how to respond to them. Emergency treatment may be available if a stroke is recognized FAST and 9-1-1 is called. Use the FAST test to remember warning signs:2,