As the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, stroke is a very serious condition. You may have heard the phrase “time is brain” or it may be a completely foreign idea to you, but the meaning is simple; the longer you wait to seek treatment once experiencing symptoms of stroke, the greater potential risk for irreversible brain damage or death.
A stroke is experienced when a vessel delivering blood to the brain either clots or bursts, obstructing the blood flow. Damage is done every minute the delicate tissue of the brain goes without blood, making a stroke an extremely time-sensitive emergency.
While most of us can agree strokes are an emergency not to be taken lightly, since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, many individuals have abandoned this notion due to hesitancy related to COVID-19. In September 2020, the CDC reported four in 10 U.S. adults avoided medical care due to concerns related to COVID-19.
Approximately 80 percent of strokes can be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes which can be identified by your healthcare provider during a routine checkup. Furthermore, once you begin noticing signs of stroke, seeking emergency medical care is imperative as the delay of medical care can mean permanent damage to the brain tissue or even death. Lasting effects of stroke can include vision problems, speech impairment, paralysis and memory loss. The quicker you act, the greater your chance of retaining brain function.
If you’re overdue for a routine checkup, or experience signs of stroke, know it’s safe to seek care in our facility. The worst thing you can do for your health is to wait.