Robert was an avid golfer, family man and CEO of his consulting firm. A strong Type A personality, he’d stop at nothing in order to achieve success. Sleepless nights, frequent travel, meals on the go, and too much time spent on the road away from his family started to physically and silently takes its toll on his body, mind and heart. Standing in the chaos of Denver’s high traffic airport on a sizzling arid summer afternoon, Big Rob, as he was known by his colleagues, started to feel strong tingling sensations rush through his face and down the length of his arm. A fuzzy haze soon fell over the crowd. Multiple blinks failed to clear the fog from his blurred vision. Big Rob, at age 38, like 795,000 others each year, was having a stroke.
According to the National Stroke Association (NSA), stroke in the United States is the third leading cause of death. It results from a blood clot that blocks an artery or a blood vessel that breaks often causing brain cells to die, which may ultimately lead to brain damage.
The statistics are startling, as this year alone nearly 137,000 people will die from stroke. Stroke is nondiscriminatory. Regardless of age, race, or sex — it can happen to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. Stroke prevention, awareness and education are essential tools for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Colorado based NSA (2009) warns, “Stroke strikes fast. You should too. Call 9-1-1.” They list common stroke symptoms, as follows:
•Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
•Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
•Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
•Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
•Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Remember, “If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately,” NSA cautions. Stroke can happen to anyone, anywhere, at anytime.
National Stroke Association (2009). Centennial, Colorado. Retrieved from: http://www.stroke.org
Statistics from NSA Fact Sheet – Stroke 101: Retrieved from http://www.stroke.org/site/DocServer/STROKE_101_Fact_Sheet.pdf?docID=4541
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