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World Stroke Day Teaches Prevention, Treatment

There are some scary statistics about stroke. It’s the No. 4 cause of death in the United States, and the No. 1 cause of preventable disability worldwide, according to the American Heart Association.

stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted by a blood clot blocking a vital blood vessel in the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

But there’s good news too. Strokes are preventable and treatable. On World Stroke Day, learn how to protect yourself and save a life with the American Heart Association's Life’s Simple 7TM tips:

  1. Manage blood pressure.
  2. Eat better.
  3. Get physically active.
  4. Lose excess weight.
  5. Lower cholesterol.
  6. Reduce blood sugar.
  7. Don’t smoke.

If someone is having a stroke, you can learn how to spot the signs and what to do to get them help quickly. The faster a stroke victim gets appropriate medical attention, the more effective the treatment will be. Use the acronym FAST to detect stroke warning signs and symptoms.

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time call 911

Don’t drive yourself or your loved one to the hospital. Call 911 so assessment and treatment can begin as soon as the ambulance crew arrives.

In 2012, Lehigh Valley Hospital became the first stroke center in Pennsylvania, and one of the first in the United States, to earn advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. This Gold Seal means we offer the highest standard of care for stroke.

Friends and caregivers of Pamela Getz describe what happened when the young mother had a stroke while at work at Phoebe Services Pharmacy in Allentown. Her co-workers' ability to recognize the signs of possible stroke and their quick action on her behalf got her to Lehigh Valley Hospital a short time later.