Health leaders across the state are wanting folks to act now when it comes to identifying and getting treatment for a stroke. This comes as organizations join together for World Stroke Day.
Stroke is the second-leading cause of death in the world behind heart disease, killing one in six people.
Obesity levels, hypertension and lack of primary medical care, which Mississippi ranks at or near the top in, are major contributing factors for stroke. Symptoms include drooping of the face, arm weakness and slurred speech.
"Unfortunately, people start seeing the symptoms at home and they kind of ignore it and then they get out of that window of treatment. If you start having an unusual symptom, you need to come to the emergency room immediately," said Director of the Emergency Department at St. Dominic's Hospital Dr. Nikki Nissen.
"We see several strokes that come into the hospital a day and a lot of those have just terrible outcomes that completely change somebody's life," said Neurology Nurse Practitioner at St. Dominic's Dr. Allyn Allen.
With proper health and routine medical care, about eighty percent of strokes can be prevented.
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