Rockville, Maryland — Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States according to the American Stroke Association. Do you know the truth?
- MYTH: You can’t tell if someone is having a stroke. Every stroke is unique, but strokes tend to affect people in common ways. The FAST method is an easy way to spot a stroke and take action.
- MYTH: Strokes only happen to older adults. Actually, nearly 25 percent of strokes occur in people younger than age 65 (including infants), and 33 percent of young people who survive a stroke lose their independence.1
- MYTH: You can’t reduce the risk of stroke. Many strokes are preventable. Managing your blood pressure, getting treated for heart problems, controlling diabetes, and taking needed cholesterol medications all help reduce your risk of stroke.
- MYTH: You can treat a stroke at home with aspirin. Taking aspirin is helpful to prevent heart attacks, but not strokes. In fact, aspirin could make bleeding strokes (or hemorrhagic strokes) worse.
- MYTH: Strokes are rare According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year.
“A stroke can happen to anyone, and while there are some risk factors for stroke that can’t be changed, it’s important to know that the things we do to keep our hearts and bodies healthy also keep our brains healthy,” said Benjamin L. Harris, President and CEO of BLH Technologies, Inc. Learn more at:
- National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke topic page on strokes,
- Know Strokes campaign page,
- American Stroke Association website.
BLH Technologies is a professional and technical services firm offering talent and skill to Federal and State governments and private-sector businesses in four core areas: (1) communications and outreach, (2) data analytics and research, (3) safety monitoring, and (4) technology solutions. BLH’s Web site is www.blhtech.com.