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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Posted By Kuba Kubkowski on May 20 2024

May marks National Stroke Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the risk factors for stroke and reduce the occurrence of stroke in the United States. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of adult disability. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

For those who have survived a stroke and their loved ones, a return to "normal" life can be challenging. Occupational therapy offers many tools for survivors and their families to reclaim some normalcy, achieve fuller function and autonomy, and find new ways of doing things. 

Of the 7 million stroke survivors within the U.S., two-thirds have a currently disability. Once you know the symptoms of a stroke, you’ll be more likely to get help in a timely manner. Patients who receive medical care within three hours of initial symptoms generally make a better recovery and face less disability than those who delayed care.

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