May is National Stroke Awareness Month
When it comes to stroke, every second counts! Nearly 2 million brain cells die each minute a stroke remains untreated. Rapid access to medical treatment often times makes the difference between full recovery and permanent disability. KNOW the signs of a stroke and act F.A.S.T.
F – FACE-Does the face droop on one side when a person smiles?
A – ARM WEAKNESS-After raising both arms, does one arm drift downwards?
S – SPEECH DIFFICULTY-After repeating a simple phrase, does the person’s speech sound slurred or strange?
T – TIME-If any or all of the symptoms above are observed call 9-1-1 and ask for medical assistance.
These are the facts:
- Stroke can happen to anyone at any age.
- 80% of all strokes are preventable.
- Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of severe disability.
- On average, one person dies from stroke every 4 minutes.
- More than 795,000 people have a stroke each year in the U.S.
- Stroke kills almost 130,000 of the 800,000 Americans who die of cardiovascular disease each year. That is 1 out of every 19 deaths from all causes.
Prevent stroke by following the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Life’s Simple 7 tips:
- Manage blood pressure
- Control cholesterol
- Reduce blood sugar
- Get active
- Eat better
- Lose weight
- Stop smoking
“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”
– John F. Kennedy
Chaplain’s Corner 2019
On this Memorial Day, may we stop to remember the military men and women who have died in active service for our great nation. We honor all with thankfulness and deep gratitude for the ultimate sacrifices they made, which affords all Americans the many blessings and freedoms they enjoy every day.
Prayers of intersession are lifted-up for our military families, our troops, and for our great nation. We ask you to give our leaders of the armed forces the wisdom they need to direct and guide them in the many decisions they make to safeguard our nation’s freedom. Lord, we continue to pray for peace in our global world. Amen.
NOTE: Memorial Day has been set aside since 1969, by presidential proclamation, as a day of prayer for peace.