May = STROKE AWARNESS MONTH!
So it sounds like a bad joke (it is and it’s not) but I heard it again this morning watching reruns of my favorite show Supernatural.
Person 1:“Do you smell burnt Toast?”
Person 2:”Are you having a Stroke? “
Well I didn’t when I had mine, but I’ve heard this on other TV shows and other random places. So, I thought “LMGT”= Let Me Google That and this is what pops up:
And with that google search I got this:
“There’s a popular myth that smelling burnt toast is a sign of a brain tumor, or that you’re having a stroke,” he said. “This isn’t true. “A stroke can affect any area of your brain, so it’s possible that your sense of smell can be affected, but there’s no particular smell that you need to worry about.” Sep 26, 2016
There are 2 types of Stroke:
Ischemic stroke occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. It accounts for 87 percent of all stroke cases. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures. But the most common cause of hemorrhagic stroke is uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure).
Here is just a small break down of our members that have had strokes:
|Member||Age at time of Stroke||Type of Stroke|
Unfortunately not all Stroke signs are obvious, (I didn’t really have any and everybody’s are different) but you can tell if someone is having a stroke with this quick tool:
The American Stroke Association developed this easy-to-remember guide to help identify the signs of a stroke.
F – Face drooping. Is one side of the person’s face drooping or numb? When he or she smiles, is the smile uneven?
A – Arm weakness. Is the person experiencing weakness or numbness in one arm? Have the person raise both arms. Does one of the arms drift downward?
S – Speech difficulty. Is the person’s speech suddenly slurred or hard to understand? Is he or she unable to speak? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Can he or she repeat it back?
T – Time to call 9-1-1. If any of these symptoms are present, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Check the time so you can report when the symptoms began.
For facts and Information visit:
- Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women (in comparison, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for men). Each year 55,000 more women have a stroke than men.
- For Women: https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/docs/women_stroke_factsheet.pdf
- For Men: https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/docs/women_stroke_factsheet.pdf
Signs and Symptoms of Stroke
Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke is the first step to ensuring medical help is received immediately. For each minute a stroke goes untreated and blood flow to the brain continues to be blocked, a person loses about 1.9 million neurons. This could mean that a person’s speech, movement, memory, and so much more can be affected.
Learn as many stroke symptoms as possible so you can recognize stroke FAST and save a life!
Stroke symptoms include:
|SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body|
|SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding|
|SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes|
|SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination|
|SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause|
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you observe any of these symptoms.
Note the time of the first symptom.
This information is important and can affect treatment decisions.