The medical director of the Stroke Center at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is being named spokesman for the National American Stroke Association. Dr. Pierre Fayad says anyone who thinks they may have had a stroke needs immediate medical attention.
“The worst thing you can do for yourself is turn a blind eye to it,” Dr. Fayad says. “Seek help. Ask your doctor.”
Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the U-S and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability. He says significant advancements are being made in this field.
“We can prevent 80% of all strokes,” he says. “We have powerful medications, powerful treatmetnents.” Stroke occurs when a vessel in or leading to the brain bursts or is blocked by a blood clot. On average nationwide, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, while someone dies of a stroke every three to four minutes.
Blood pressure and diabetes can be monitored at home so he says “there is no reason why someone should suffer the consequences of this disease.”
Fayad says the American Stroke Association is focused on reducing risk, disability and death from stroke through research, education, fundraising and advocacy. Learn more at: www.strokeassociation.org.