MMS Issues Q&A on Stroke

Following the release of new research indicating that more strokes occur during the winter months and that the public’s knowledge of warnings signs is low and that people aren’t calling for help soon enough when symptoms appear, the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) has distributed a Q&A on stroke to local media across Massachusetts to increase awareness and educate patients about this condition.

Statistics from the American Heart Association indicate that nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke each year, or an average of one person every forty seconds. One of every 18 deaths in the U.S. is attributed to stroke.

In the release, MMS notes that many strokes can be prevented and for those that do occur, knowing what to do and doing it quickly can reduce the risk of permanent damage. The Q&A provides a basic primer about strokes, including risk factors, symptoms, and what steps to take when the signs of a stroke appear. It contains information from the National Stroke Association, American Stroke Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The release/Q&A may be read here.

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