The best way to survive a stroke likely isn’t what you think.
It’s not a top doctor who knows exactly what to do. And it’s not having access to a hospital with cutting-edge technology.
They’re both important, of course. But neither one can help you without this other critical factor.
In fact, a new report reveals how more Americans than ever now have access to the most advanced stroke treatments. Yet despite that widespread availability, stroke remains one of the nation’s top causes of death.
One American dies of a stroke every three minutes. And the reason why is simple and heartbreaking.
Because it’s a factor, we can control ourselves.
Every second counts
First, the good news. Nearly every American now has access to some of the best possible stroke treatment options.
New numbers show 91 percent live within an hour or less of an acute stroke-ready hospital or center. Another 5 percent live near telestroke-capable emergency departments or ERs with access to a neurologist on standby who can consult remotely.
These services ensure that stroke patients get the best treatments the moment they arrive. And this not only increases the odds of survival but reduces the danger of lasting damage and severe disability.
But having access is just half the story. The other half, which must happen first, is getting to these stroke victims IN TIME.
You know that old saw about how “every second counts,” right? Well, it’s especially true for stroke.
In fact, it’s estimated that about 2 million brain cells die every minute that blood is cut off to that region, making it crucial to get help fast.
What to do when you’re having a stroke
In other words, you need to spot the warning signs quickly. And when you do, you need to get help right away.
There’s even a handy acronym to help you remember what to look for and what to do. And it’s appropriately called… FAST.
That’s short for:
- F: Face that droops on one side
- A: Arm drops (usually also on one side)
- S: Speech difficulty
- T: Time to call 911
Of course, depending on how severe a stroke is, you might not be able to get help yourself. So make sure your spouse and other loved ones know the warning signs, too, so you can all look out for each other.
If you’ve already had a stroke, I’m preaching to the choir. Because no one knows the importance of getting help FAST better than you, of course. And now you want to ensure you never have to go through it again.
Sticking with your therapy and managing things like high blood pressure and diet is critical for your continued recovery. But I’ve got one other ridiculously simple step you can take. And I bet you’re going to love it.
Research has found a link between coffee and tea drinking and a lower risk of a second stroke. You can get all the details on this incredible benefit… including exactly how much you need to drink… right here in my earlier report.
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