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Stroke Myths: Learn the Truth About Stroke

Stroke Myths: Learn the Truth About Stroke

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and it's the perfect time to educate yourself about stroke so you are prepared if you or a loved one exhibits symptoms.

Myth 1: Stroke cannot be prevented.
False: up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable.

Myth 2: There is no treatment for stroke.
False: At any sign of stroke call 9-1-1- immediately. Treatment may be available.

Myth 3: Stroke only affects the elderly.
False: Stroke can happen to anyone at any time.

Myth 4: Stroke happens in the heart.
False: Stroke is a “brain attack”.

Myth 5: Stroke recovery only happens for the first few months after a stroke.
False: Stroke recovery is a lifelong process.

Myth 6: Strokes are rare.
False: There are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the U.S. Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S.

Myth 7: Strokes are not hereditary.
False: Family history of stroke increase your chance for stroke.

Myth 8: If stroke symptoms go away, you don’t have to see a doctor.
False: Temporary stroke symptoms are called transient ischemic attacks (TIA). They are warning signs prior to actual stroke and need to be taken seriously.

Learn more at the Mary Washington Healthcare website.