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World Heart Day

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Today is World Heart Day! ❤️

In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the world’s number one killer and claiming 17.5 million live each year.

Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day is the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden. Our aim to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of death and disability in the world today: over 17.5 million people die from cardiovascular disease every year.

Any disease of the heart, vascular disease of the brain, or disease of the blood vessel is considered a cardiovascular disease. The most prevalent cardiovascular diseases include coronary heart disease (e.g. heart attack) and cerebrovascular disease (e.g. stroke). Controlling key risk factors such as diet, physical activity, tobacco use, and blood pressure may reduce your risk for CVD.

Most of the major cardiovascular disease risk factors can be controlled. Here are a few tips on how to control those risk factors and protect your heart:

GET ACTIVE. 30 minutes of activity a day can help prevent heart attack and stroke. Try to make exercise a regular part of your life.




KNOW YOUR NUMBERS AMD RISK FACTORS. Have your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels checked regularly. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major factor for approximately half of all heart disease and stroke. (Content: Image:

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National Wear Blue Day

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Finn/Charlie Brown is wearing blue, and so should you!

Hey everybody! Thanks so much for checking back with us throughout the week. I know that I’ve been posting quite a few awareness blog entries this week, and I just want to reassure you that it won’t be this busy every week. We have a few awareness observances this week that we thought should all get some attention, so we kicked it up a notch, in order to be comprehensive. One of the most important health observances of this week is the subject for this post, actually. Today is part two of the Men’s Health Week awareness blog post. We couldn’t fit all the information into one, so we’ve broken it up into two. This post will pick up where we left off earlier in the week where we were discussing the top ten biggest killers of men. It’s important for both men and women to be informed about the risks men face so that we can all make an effort to prevent them from taking someone we love.

Today is Wear Blue Day, which is observed on the Friday of every Men’s Health Week. The purpose of Wear Blue Day is to encourage men to seek regular check ups and screening in order to prevent illness. It is also a day used to raise awareness for men’s health issues and raise money to fund research and treatment. The point of men’s health week is to help men live longer, healthier lives. I just want to reiterate a point I made in the first post, because it’s an important issue regarding Men’s Health. There is a tendency for men in this country to not be completely honest or upfront with their doctors about things that are bothering them because they are trying to appear tough. This is so incredibly dangerous! Doctors do not care whatsoever if you are tough, but they do care about whether or not anything may be wrong with your health. If you downplay symptoms or concerns then you are increasing the likelihood that it will continue to get worse and cause more serious problems long term. Early detection is the key to a long life of health. If you don’t treat things early on, like high blood pressure for example, then you will be putting yourself at risk for very serious consequences. The time to treat your health concerns is not after something has already happened, but instead to treat it before so that something bad never happens.

Okay, done. Let’s get to the good stuff, yes? Picking up where we left off…

The number six cause of death is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is the umbrella term for a number of conditions relating to the decrease in cognitive function, one of which is Alzheimer’s. Dementia develops as the result of damaged neuropathways. Damaged nerve cells within the brain no longer function as they used to, and begin to die. The death of these damaged nerve cells causes cognition to decrease, as the function of the brain decreases. This may cause a decline in memory, a change in behavior and sometimes even a change in personality, and it inhibits the ability to think clearly. You may notice unusual confusion, or abrupt loss of train of thought. You may also notice that the person becomes more easily flustered, frustrated, or agitated by things that would not have caused a problem before. Typically, short-term memory loss is the first indication of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. With Alzheimer’s, the death of neurons will continue until it eventually prevents the brain from carrying out life-sustaining functions, such as breathing. In end stages, patients will require round-the-clock medical attention as they become bed-bound and dependent on life-sustaining machines. Alzheimer’s is ultimately a terminal disease. There are roughly 5.4 million people in America with Alzheimer’s, 200,000 of which were diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s (before the age of 65). Alzheimer’s disease cannot be cured or prevented entirely. Reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease can greatly improve your risk for developing Alzheimer’s, as can staying mentally fit with activities such as reading, exercise, learning, playing an instrument, and games like crossword puzzles or scrabble.

The seventh leading cause of death is Diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to control blood sugar and maintain normal levels. This causes hyperglycemia, or high levels of glucose in the blood, which damages the body over time. Consistent hyperglycemia leads to tissue damage in the nerves, blood vessels, eyes, and other tissues in the body. When we eat, our bodies turn a large percentage of our food into glucose. Glucose is a vital source of energy that is required by the body to function. All of our cells and organs need glucose to be healthy. When someone has diabetes, there is a build up of glucose in the blood because either the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, or the body can not use the insulin produced by the pancreas as well as it should be able to. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that helps glucose enter our cells. The inability to get the glucose into the cells effectively causes the buildup of glucose in the blood, which causes high blood sugar. Results of diabetes include blindness, poor circulation (sometimes leading to amputation), kidney failure, heart disease, and nerve damage. About 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases are Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is adult onset diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or significantly delayed by maintaining a healthy body weight, regular exercise, and eating a healthy diet.

The eighth cause of death is the flu and pneumonia. For most people, the flu is just an uncomfortable inconvenience that they have to face when the weather gets cold. We do our best to avoid it, but chances are that we will be exposed to the seasonal flu every year. Influenza (the flu) is an extremely contagious viral infection, which is often transmitted through a cough or sneeze, or direct contact. Chances are, you’ve had the flu more than once. The reason we suffer from the flu annually, instead of having it once and developing immunity against it in the future, is because there are many different kinds of the flu. There are three families of the flu: A, B, and C. There are many strains of each type, and the virus evolves continually, making our immunity to a previous flu irrelevant. Most healthy people recover from the flu in a few days to weeks, but babies, seniors, and those with a suppressed immune system are at high risk for complications from the flu. One of the most common complications from the flu is pneumonia. Pneumonia can become very serious, and even deadly. Wit pneumonia, the lungs fill with fluid, and prevent oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. Without adequate oxygen circulation, cells cannot function and may die, causing organ failure and death. You can significantly increase your chances of not getting the flu by getting a flu shot every year, maintaining good hygiene, and avoiding people or places that have been exposed to the virus. The ninth cause of death is kidney disease. Kidney disease is comprised of nephrotic syndrome, nephritis and nephrosis. Chronic kidney disease damages the kidneys and prevents them from filtering blood as well as healthy kidneys. When the kidneys cannot filter the blood well, waste and toxins in the blood stream build up and begin to damage the body. While kidney disease is common, awareness for kidney disease is dangerously low. Because awareness is so low, many people have kidney disease without realizing it. Roughly 26 million people in America have kidney disease, and less than half of the people with the most severe stage of kidney disease even know that their kidneys are damaged. Lack of awareness is likely a large component of why it is so deadly, since people cannot treat and manage what they do not know they have. Chronic kidney disease risk increases with age, particularly after the age of 50, with most patients over the age of 70. To reduce your risk of kidney disease, always follow instructions for medications, including over the counter medicines, do not consume excessive amounts of alcohol, get regular exercise, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, and treat other medical conditions.

The tenth leading cause of death is suicide. Suicide is major issue in the United States. Risk factors for suicide vary by demographic, but common risk factors include: Depression, mental illness, substance abuse or addiction, family history of suicide, victims of physical violence, victims of sexual assault or sexual abuse, owning firearms, prior incarceration, exposure to suicide by peers or family members, and prior suicide attempts. Having these risk factors does not necessarily mean that someone is suicidal. Some people have many of these risk factors but are not suicidal, and some people have none of these risk factors but are suicidal. Things to look for in assessing whether someone may be suicidal include: talking about wanting to die or commit suicide, researching how to commit suicide, discussing feelings of hopelessness or apathy, feelings of worthlessness, feeling trapped, feeling like you cannot bear the pain any longer, feeling like a burden, feeling you have nothing to live for, behaving recklessly, engaging in high risk behaviors, increased substance use or abuse, not getting enough sleep or sleeping too much, isolation, withdrawal from normal activities and relationships, and extreme mood swings. If you think someone you know may be showing signs that they are planning to commit suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255; it’s free and it’s confidential. They also have an online chat on their website if talking over the phone isn’t your thing.

Thank you for reading! I know this post is a little heavy, but the only way to prevent these things from happening is to be aware of them. The next post will be a little lighter, I promise. See you next time!

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Men's Health Week

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Happy Men's Health Week to all the dudes out there!

Thanks for joining us today for the awareness blog! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week! This week, we’re going to have a few posts in honor of Men’s Health Week and other health related observances. So, be sure to check back throughout the week to keep up with us! Don’t stress… we wont be churning out posts like this every week. We’ll get back to our weekly posts next week. The reason I have chosen to do a couple of Men’s Health Week posts is because there is a prominent issue in our culture that encourages men to tough out pain, or overcome problems by “manning up”. This is an extremely dangerous attitude to foster in our society because men aren’t completely honest with their doctors during annual exams, and they don’t get the medical attention they need until it’s too late. Annual physicals are not an opportunity to prove your masculinity. Your doctor doesn’t care anyway. The only thing your doctor cares about is your health, and if you are masking symptoms or pretending you’re fine, your doctor cannot take care of you. And, for all the guys out there who consider going to the doctor for annual exams to be unnecessary, you are dead wrong. Not going to the doctor doesn’t make you tough, it makes you stupid, and sometimes it makes you dead. So, please, for the sake of your family who loves you and needs you to be around for as long as possible, go get your check up. I apologize if I’m coming across as harsh, but it’s the truth. I have a father, and brother, and a husband, and I need all of them to take care of themselves, if for no other reason than my selfish desire for them to be alive. I would rather hear them complain about something that’s bothering them than pretend to be fine. Pretending to be fine has literally never lead to actually being fine. So, just be upfront about what’s going on, and get yourself a check up if you think there may be a problem (or if we tell you to). End rant. Let’s talk men’s health issues.

Did you know that men die an average of five years earlier than women? The average life expectancy for men in the United States is 78.8 years old. That doesn’t sound too bad when you think about it, until you look at life expectancies for men in other countries. A lot of that has to do with the particular lifestyle choices that are common in our country, as well as attitudes towards mental health. In 2015, the life expectancy for men in the United States ranked 43 out of all nations. Considering that there are over 200 countries, it seems like we’re pretty high up there. When you consider the amount of technology, health care and resources we have available to us, though, we should be doing much better. We fall behind a lot of European nations with equivalent access.

In the United States, 10 causes account for 75 percent of all deaths. Heart disease is in first place year after year after year in both sexes, but the men die from it more than women do. One out of every four deaths is caused by heart disease. Heart disease affects all demographics of our country, without racial or ethnic preference. Between 70 and 89 percent of heart attacks/cardiac events in America happen to men. Half of the men that die from those heart attacks had no previous symptoms. Most of them were at risk, and risk can be managed and greatly reduced with treatment and lifestyle adjustments. Just because you don’t have any symptoms, doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk. That’s why annual exams and physicals are so important. Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, family history, being overweight or obese, excessive alcohol consumption, and poor diet. Half of Americans have either high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoke.

The second leading cause of death is cancer. Lung cancer accounts for more deaths than any other type of cancer. Cancer can develop in anyone at any time. I think that’s one of the scariest things about it. You can be the picture of health and still develop cancer, which is yet another reason why going to the doctor when you feel something unusual and having annual exams is so crucial. Most people who have cancer discovered the disease themselves, and sometimes, unfortunately, they wait too long. While I can totally understand the wait and see approach, things like cancer have the most successful outcomes when they are caught early. Things that may even seem like age-related ware and tear can sometimes be symptoms of something much more sinister, so it is important to talk about it with your doctor. For men, the top three cancers that cause death are lung cancer, prostate cancer, and colon and rectum cancer. It has been estimated by The World Cancer Research Fund that as many as one third of cancer cases in the U.S. are due to obesity or being overweight, lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyle, and poor nutrition. All three of these factors are within our control, which means they are preventable cases of cancer. Also, I just want to throw this in, most cases of melanoma can be prevented completely by just wearing sunscreen. Don’t forget the back of your neck; that’s one of the most common places for men to get skin cancer.

The third leading cause of death is called Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease, or CLRD. CLRD is an umbrella term for a handful of respiratory diseases that cause breathing issues, or block airways. Most commonly, death from CLRD is caused by COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. CLRD also includes bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. The biggest thing you can do to prevent CLRD is to not smoke, and avoid environments where you may be exposed to second hand smoke. Regular smoke from a wood-burning fireplace or bonfire isn’t great for you either. The general rule is try not to inhale smoke. CLRD can be caused by other things, too, such as pollution, workplace exposure to chemicals or other pollutants, genetic predisposition, and chronic respiratory infections. Back to COPD, though. 80 percent of COPD deaths can be directly caused by smoking. That means 80 percent of deaths from COPD are preventable. If smoking related deaths were eliminated, a massive portion of CLRD deaths would be gone. It would make a big enough difference that CLRD would drop in cause of death rankings, considerably.

The fourth leading cause of death in the United States is called “unintentional injuries.” I know what you’re thinking, “aren’t most injuries unintentional?” Yes. What unintentional injuries really means is accidents. Accidents are one of the top causes of death in people 44 and under. Obviously, nobody sets out to get in an accident, and by nature, they are unintentional, but there are some things that can reduce the risk of death from unintentional injury. It’s pretty common sense stuff, but you’d be surprised by how many people don’t actually do them. Prevention includes wearing your seatbelt, not drinking and driving, not texting while driving, and just overall better road safety. Don’t tail slow drivers in front of you, don’t swerve through traffic (studies have shown that swerving through traffic makes very little difference in how much faster you get to your destination, by the way), don’t speed, let merging cars over, etc.

The fifth leading cause of death is stroke, also called cerebrovascular disease. Your risk for stroke depends on a lot of factors. It can vary by demographic. But the one thing that is true despite demographic differences is that your risk will continually increase with age, particularly after age 65. Something close to 75 percent of strokes occur in people over the age of 65. Strokes are similar to heart disease in terms of risk factors and prevention. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are the top risk factors, just like heart disease. The other risk factors are pretty much the same as heart disease, such as being overweight or obese, not getting enough exercise, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking. Some different risk factors include diabetes, dehydration, not taking medication exactly as prescribed. There are other risk factors, but these are the most common.

I think I’ll stop here, exactly half way through the top ten causes of death. To be continued this week. Make sure you check back for part 2.

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Stroke Awareness Month

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May is Stroke Awareness Month!

Welcome back, everyone! You know what time it is. Time for another awareness blog post! I hope everyone’s had a nice week since our last post. I, for one, had a pretty uneventful week, which is exactly what I wanted so that I could catch up on some chores. Boring, I know, but it’s gotta get done, and I feel so much better now. So, that means I get to write this week’s blog without the laundry staring me down! It’s the little things in life that make you happy. Anyway… this has nothing to do with anything, and there’s no way you care about any of this, so, I’ll get to it already.

This week’s awareness blog topic is a repeat, but the information is all new, and different from the other post. Sometimes, these duplicate topics are a really good way for me to convey more information than I’m able to in a single post. As I’m sure you know, it’s impossible to fit everything about a topic into a single post, so these additional posts allow me to get some different information to you and dive more in depth to the topic. So, without further blabbering…

Today’s topic is Stroke. I’ve chosen to write about stroke, again, in honor of Stroke Awareness Month, which is observed every May in the United States. I’m going to use this week’s post to relay some important statistics about stroke to you. If you’re interested in reading all the basics, scroll down to our original stroke post.

Ready? Here we go!

• Did you know that one out of every 20 deaths in the U.S. is caused by a stroke? That’s a pretty high number considering all the gazillions of things that can kill you. That means that annually, more than 130,000 people die from a stroke. • The above statistic leads me to this next one, which is… Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. • Almost 800,000 people suffer a stroke. Of the nearly 800,00 people who have strokes, over 600,000 of them are first time strokes. With strokes, once you have one, your chances of having another are higher. This makes taking care of yourself and addressing your risk factors extremely important. The goal is to avoid having any other strokes. The second or third strokes become much more dangerous, and carry a higher potential of death. • Related to the statistic above, the remaining number of people who suffer a stroke are people who have already had at least one other stroke previously. That means around one in four stroke victims have already had a stroke. • Many people do not die from their first stroke. Every 40 seconds that pass, somebody suffers a stroke; But, every four minutes that passes, someone dies from a stroke. This means that there are a fairly large number of people out there who are living with the consequences of a stroke. This leads me to my next statistic. • Stroke is the leading cause of disability (long-term or permanent disability, not short-term disability) in the United States. These patients can no longer work, or will miss a significant amount of work while recovering. • Over half of stroke victims over the age of 65 lose some portion of their mobility, making them dependent on wheelchairs, walkers, canes, or caretakers. • Guess how much the United States spends on the associated costs of stroke every year. Here’s a hint; it’s a lot! Somewhere in the ballpark of a whopping $33 billion (yes, billion with a “b”) is spent annually on things like healthcare services, missed work or unemployment, and medications needed to treat the stroke, and more. • The vast majority of the type of stroke that people have is called are called ischemic strokes. Ischemic strokes are when the blood flow to the brain becomes blocked and prevents blood from circulating to the brain, which can cause serious damage to the tissue of the brain. The exact estimate (I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but an exact-exact number is difficult to find) of ischemic strokes that occur out of the total of strokes is 87%. That is an extremely high number, which means that risk factors that lead to this type of stroke may be common. If nearly 87% of strokes are ischemic, doesn’t it make sense that we should all evaluate our risk factors that could one day lead to us having a stroke? I think so! The problem is that people often don’t deal with things until they become a problem. The dangers of doing this with things that could lead to a stroke are that you may never be able to fully get back what you lose to a stroke. People lose their ability to walk, talk, feed themselves, bathe themselves, or care for themselves at all. What I’m trying to get at is: if you wait for it to become a problem, it’s already too late. So, I cannot stress the importance of annual physicals enough. Knowing your risk factors, and seeing when it’s time to make changes to your life are the most important things in order to prevent a stroke from happening (aside from actually implementing those lifestyle changes). • Strokes can occur at any age! Children can and do have strokes, however, your risk for having a stroke generally increases as you get older. In any given year, the percentage of people that suffer a stroke who are over the age of 65 is around 60%. • High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are common causes of stroke, and the scary part is that two thirds of the U.S. population has at least one of these conditions or habits. • Ethnicity does affect your risk for stroke. o Stroke risk for African Americans is twice as high as Caucasians, and they are more likely to die from it. o Hispanic people’s risk for stroke lies between the risk of Caucasians and African Americans. o The groups with the highest risk for stroke are African American, Native American, and Native Alaskan. • Less than 40% of people who have already experienced a stroke knew all the major symptoms to look for. • People who were treated in the emergency room within 3 hours of their first symptoms of the stroke have the best outcome, and experience less disability three months after than those who do not get to the emergency room immediately. Keep in mind that strokes can cause significant impairment so experiencing disability three months out is normal. Some people never fully recover. Some will spend years in rehab. When treated early, the outcome for stroke patients often improves greatly, as opposed to those who wait to seek medical attention.

That’s a lot to take in, I know, but I just want to go over one last thing before I finish.

The trick to remembering and spotting the symptoms of a stroke is the acronym FAST.

F – stands for face. Ask the person to smile. Is their face symmetrical or does it droop on one side?

A – stands for arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downwards?

S – stands for speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Do they slur when they speak, or repeat the sentence in a strange way, perhaps with different words?

T – stands for time. If any of these symptoms, or a combination them, occurs, call 911 immediately! Getting to the emergency room as fast as possible is critical in minimizing damage. Do not wait to see if symptoms improve.

Also, just a little tip, being taken by ambulance can be better than driving the person to the ER. This applies to all emergent situations. You bypass the waiting room when you’re brought by ambulance. The ER will still try to get you in as fast as possible if you report chest pains, or show signs of a stroke. The best way to make sure you are seen ASAP is to be taken by ambulance. Just something to consider if you suspect something potentially life threatening may be happening.

That’s all for now! Thanks so much for reading, and I sincerely hope you never have to use any of this information. If you’re a new reader, give this short description of who we are and why we’ve started our awareness blog a quick skim.

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Stroke Awareness Month

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May is Stroke Awareness Month!

Guess what time it is, ya’ll? That’s right, it’s time for another edition of the awareness blog! I know you’ve all been waiting anxiously and refreshing the feed every hour, on the hour, since the last one. Nothing more exciting than learning about illnesses and diseases, I know.

Today’s blog will discuss Strokes, because guess what… there’s a lot you need to know about them in order to prevent them or recognize them. But first, I gotta give you my schpiel at the beginning of each blog (feel free to skip to the good part if you already know our deal) until people get the hang of our blog and our business.

Personalized Cause is an awareness ribbon company that specializes in custom awareness ribbons. We are the #1 source for personalized awareness pins in the United States, for personal orders (rather than bulk orders). We carry an assortment of other awareness ribbons and awareness wristbands. We decided to start this blog in order to raise awareness for all of the causes out there. Obviously, we know we probably won’t get to all of them, as there are more causes in the world than we could possibly cover. We hope to cover as many of the big ones as possible, though, in order to raise awareness, educate the public, and help to prevent any disease, illness, or event that we can. Our goal is to make all of our readers into advocates, and socially aware people, who just might pass that knowledge onto someone who needs it. We’re trying to do a pay it forward thing with medical and social knowledge. We’d like to save the world, but we know that task is more than we can achieve, so we’re doing the next best thing within our scope. We are empowering you all to go forth with what you learn here and make a difference where you can with the information we give you.

So, without further ado, let’s get to it! (People skipping our little intro, start reading here.)

Stroke is a terrible, awful, no good disease. If you’re thinking, a stroke isn’t a disease, you’re not alone there. Most people think of it as an event, like a heart attack, more than a disease. It is in fact classified as a disease, though.

So what exactly is a stroke? We’ve all heard of them, but we may not know exactly what they are, aside from the fact that they are bad. A stroke affects the brain. They occur when blood vessels or arteries in the brain become blocked or clogged by a clot, or when the blood vessel ruptures as a result. When a blood vessel (or artery, from now on when I refer to blood vessel, that includes arteries) becomes clogged or blocked by blood clot, pressure builds behind the clog. The body continues to pump the blood, causing the pressure behind it to build and build. That pressure eventually becomes strong enough to force through the wall of the blood vessel. Whether the clot causes a rupture of the blood vessel, or is simply blocking off the blood flow, it causes the brain to stop receiving oxygen and nutrients through that pathway. When the brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients, the brain cells begin to die. As a result, brain damage occurs, and permanent damage can be done. This is the reason that Stroke is the #5 cause of death in the United States, and one of the top causes of disability. Every 40 seconds that pass, somebody has a stroke, and every four minutes someone dies of a stroke. If you think it can’t happen to you, think again, because they can happen to anyone, and at any age, and that includes during childhood. But, here comes an important point… as much as 80 percent of strokes can be prevented, and the severity of the damage that is caused by a stroke can be dramatically reduced if the warning signs are recognized and the person gets treatment immediately.

Not all strokes are the same. There are hemorrhagic strokes and ischemic strokes. Lets take a closer look at each of them, shall we.

First up, hemorrhagic strokes are when a blood clot (also known as an aneurysm) bursts, or causes a leak. Think of a pipe. If a blockage occurs in a pipe, one of two things will happen. Either the pipe will completely burst, or the pipe will slowly leak. In both scenarios, you’re looking at a serious problem that requires professional attention immediately, in order to minimize the amount of damage done. The buildup of pressure from the excess blood in the brain (from the burst or leak) results in swelling and pressure in the brain. When swelling or pressure build up in the brain, it damages the cells and brain tissue. Only about 15% of strokes that occur are hemorrhagic, however, they account for around 40 percent of deaths caused by a stroke. They’re less common, but they’re more dangerous.

Now, there are two kinds of hemorrhagic stroke, and they are called intracerebral and subarachnoid. The first and most common kind of hemorrhagic stroke is intracerebral hemorrhage. This kind of stroke is most commonly caused by high blood pressure and weakened blood vessels due to age, but it can also occur due to a genetic condition that causes an abnormal connection between arteries and veins in the brain or spine. This condition is called AVM, or arteriovenous malformation, and can be treated. Intracerebral hemorrhage is when the blood leaks or pools in the brain, causing cell death and the affected area of the brain stops working. The second kind of hemorrhagic stroke is the subarachnoid stroke. This occurs in the area between the actual brain itself, and the tissue that covers the brain. It is most commonly caused by an aneurysm that bursts.

Next up, the ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke occurs when the affected blood vessel is blocked. The blood clot that creates the blockage prevents blood from travelling to where it needs to go in the brain. When the blood is prevented from reaching parts of the brain, the cells die. Ischemic strokes account for the vast majority of all strokes. Again, blood pressure is the biggest cause of this type of stroke. These types of stroke can happen in two ways, called embolic and thrombotic. An embolic stroke is when either a blood clot or plaque build up forms in the body somewhere else, but usually in the heart, and then makes it’s way through the blood vessels into the brain. Because the blood vessels go from large (in the heart) and get smaller and smaller as they move into the brain, the clot or plaque buildup eventually reaches a point where it gets stuck and cant move any further, and causes an ischemic stroke. A thrombotic stroke occurs when the blood clot develops inside one of the arteries leading to the brain. Thrombotic strokes are usually caused by high cholesterol or atherosclerosis.

Okay, now that you understand exactly how they work and the differences in kinds of stroke, lets look at the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke. Remember, especially parents, a blood clot can be formed from a run of the mill injury, so it’s important to be able to recognize the signs in children, too.

There is a trick to being able to remember what symptoms to look for to identify a stroke. It’s called “act FAST.” A lot of people panic in emergency situations and don’t remember what they’ve learned, so this trick helps people remember what to check for. If you identify these symptoms, call 911 immediately! Do not pass go, do not collect $200, just get an ambulance there as fast as possible. The faster medical attention is received, the better the outcome will be.

F- F stands for face. Is the person experiencing facial drooping? Ask them to smile to assess.

A- A stands for arms. Have the person raise both arms out in front of them. Are they able to keep both arms level?

S- S stands for speech. Ask the person to repeat a sentence or phrase to you. Do they sound strange or are they slurring?

T- T stands for time, as in there is none to waste. So, if the person is exhibiting any of the symptoms above… call 911, as fast as humanly possible.

It is also important to write down what time the first symptom or signs appeared. Think back on the day, did the person experience any unusual muscle weakness, or perhaps fall? Try to remember if anything unusual happened, even if it didn’t seem like a big deal. Write it on your arm, text it to yourself, repeat it to yourself over and over like a mantra until the paramedics arrive. The timing can determine some treatment options and decisions.

That’s all she wrote. (I hope at least one of you laughed at that total dad joke.) Thank you for reading and I sincerely hope none of you ever need to use the information we discussed today. Better safe than sorry, though, am I right?!

There are two versions of awareness pins for stroke. Red awareness ribbons are used to raise awareness for stroke, but there is a special pin designed to raise awareness for childhood stroke (or pediatric stroke.) Purple and blue awareness ribbons are used to raise awareness for pediatric stroke.

Here are links to both of the custom awareness pins. For custom awareness pins for stroke (the red awareness ribbon), visit:

For custom awareness pins for pediatric stroke (the purple and blue awareness ribbon), visit:

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