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FOR RELEASE: May 17 , 2006
Stroke is Oklahoma’s Third Leading Cause of Death
Stroke is Oklahoma’s third leading cause of death. Everyday, six Oklahomans die from a stroke and 36 are hospitalized for a stroke. In Oklahoma, 57 percent of adult Oklahomans are unaware of all of the signs and symptoms of a stroke. It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms and react because every second counts, according to public health officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).
Stroke is a medical emergency. OSDH officials are asking people to learn these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others:
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience symptoms! Time lost is brain lost!
Transient ischemic strokes or “mini” strokes have the same signs and symptoms as a full stroke, so be aware, recognize and react. It is important to have the “mini” stroke evaluated by your health care provider. Over one-third of persons with “mini” strokes go on to have a full stroke.
To help prevent a stroke, follow these precautions:
For more information about stroke, contact your local county health department or the Chronic Disease Service of the Oklahoma State Department of Health at 405/271-4072.
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