May is American Stroke Month. It is a joint campaign of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to raise awareness that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. Some people may think that stroke is largely a condition that affects older people but there is a growing number of people aged 30 and younger that have strokes. Strokes can also be associated with migraine headaches. Check out the statistics and risk factors.
How can you help? Consider making a display in your library to help raise awareness and showcase the information your library has on health topics. The website has pre-made informational flyers, web banners, infographics, and fact sheets. You could partner with a local clinic or health professional to give an informational session at the library. If your library has health information that is outdated, take this opportunity to update your materials. An app is also available for smart phones that helps you identify the symptoms of a stroke using the F.A.S.T. method, call 911, and find the hospital nearest to you.