The American Heart Association announced that Monday, October 29th is World Stroke Day, “a day dedicated to educating communities around the world about the risks, signs and symptoms of stroke.” Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke is also a leading cause of long-term disability and a major contributor to healthcare costs. The American Heart Association established World Stroke Day to bring awareness to the fact that many strokes are preventable and, with early recognition and treatment, many strokes are treatable. According to the American Heart Association, “time is of the essence in treating stroke.”
As medical malpractice attorneys, the lawyers of Mishkind Kulwicki Law have seen that negligence in preventing, diagnosing or treating stroke can have devastating consequences. According to the American Heart Association, “in far too many cases, a fragmented delivery system prohibits Ohio’s stroke victims from receiving the treatment they need in time.” By now, everyone has heard that “with stroke, time lost is brain lost.” Unfortunately, too many Ohio families have witnessed the consequences of a delay in diagnosis or a delay in treatment.
In recognition of World Stroke Day, the American Heart Association supports Ohio House Bill 427, legislation proposed to improve brain injury and stroke outcomes. To support HB 427, Click to send your lawmakers a message urging them to pass HB 427 before time runs out. “HB 427 would provide patients and health care personnel with information about recognized primary stroke centers in Ohio so w e can ensure stroke patients get the treatment they need in time to prevent permanent disability or death.”
In addition, the American Heart Association is seeking to bring awareness about strokes through its F.A.S.T. campaign. F.A.S.T. stands for F-FACE; A-ARM, S-SPEECH, T-Time. When a family member has facial drooping, arm weakness and difficulty speaking, it is time to call 911.
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