Help your patients learn the signs of stroke
In light of Amy’s recent post about editorial calendars, I’ve got another great blog topic for you this month: Stroke Awareness.
Every year in the United States, nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke, and someone dies every four minutes from one (Center for Disease Control).
This prevalence is why National Stroke Awareness Month was established, by Presidential Decree no less, in May of 1989. And this is why it is a useful topic for your patients, no matter what kind of medical (or physical therapy) practice you run.
Chances are stroke will affect some of your patients or their loved ones. Knowing the signs may help them get the care they need sooner. And, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how important timing is when it comes to stroke treatment (refresh your memory here).
The stroke awareness campaign uses a clever acronym, F.A.S.T (Face, Arm, Speech, and Time), to teach the signs. The materials are abundant and they are free for you to use.
Here is a poster explaining F.A.S.T. that you could include in a blog post, for example:
The National Stroke Association has a Stroke 101: Fast Facts sheet that your patients can download. And there are many more materials if you have a minute to look.
So, write a quick blurb explaining what a stroke is and how to recognize it. Include some of these resources and some stats from the CDC. And, bada bing bada boom, you’ve got yourself a terrific blog post–and you May even save a life.
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